The Brass Ark is a music store and online website launched by trombonist, Noah Gladstone in 2010. The Brass Ark is dedicated to the appreciation, collection, restoration and sales of vintage and used brasswind instruments, specializing in low brass trombones and the like. It was with this goal in mind, to offer a website where brass enthusiasts could buy, sell, trade and learn about these rare horns and accessories, represented by a seller who is not only an expert and enthusiast himself in the field of vintage brasswinds, but also a professional musician and experienced seller. Located in our brick and mortar storefront in Los Angeles, California, hours are by appointment only.

The Brass Ark offers Consignment Services, appraisals, repairs, trade ins and purchases used horns of the highest quality. If you have a brass instrument you'd like to have represented, appraised or just have a question about it, please have a look at my consignment page in the link above or Send me an email

The Brass Ark offers repairs and custom work at The Brass Medic, a full repair shop headed up by brass craftsman and superb trombonist, Brad Close, and located in our shared storefront space. Our famous leadpipes are made here, in-house. Hours are by appointment.

In the Used Instruments For Sale section of this website, you will find the best selection of used trumpet, used trombone, used french horn, and used tubas as well as a variety of brasswind oddities on the internet. The items I represent on this website can be new, demo, vintage, used, restored or anything in between. As a professional brass player myself, I do my best to represent these instruments honestly and strive to send them out in playable condition. I will not sell an instrument I wouldn't take to a gig myself. I update the website as frequently as possible with lots of photos showing a true depiction of the item. I don't have online ordering and I don't plan on having it for a variety of reasons... most importantly because I enjoy learning about you, your music, and your history. If you see something you like Send me an email and tell me a little bit about yourself. I'll do my best to help you through the process of purchasing a musical instrument over the internet, which can be quite a daunting task!

The Museum is where I display my collection of brass instrument. You will find photos and descriptions of the instruments in my personal collection. Much like Jay Leno's car collection, I try to use them on various performances and not just have them be in the collection.

In the Journal portion of my site I will write about new instruments or interesting people I come across in this business, post photos of other musician’s instruments and information I collect that I think will be interest to my readers. My hope is that this section of the website could be a great resource for people looking to learn more about the world of brass instruments.

Latest News

Updated July 9, 2024

New Instruments for Sale This Week (7/9/24)

Notable instruments for sale this week:

-Edwards T396-AR
-Bach 50BG2L
-Bach 45B
-Conn 62H Made in USA
-Holton 169
-Kanstul 1550
-Transitional Bach 50B
-Elkhart Conn 6H
-Conn 62H Made in USA (yes another!)
-Elkhart Conn 78H SPEC
-Early Elkhart Bach 42B Gold Brass
-Elkhart Conn 88H CLEAN
-Shires 1YM Bell
-Shires 1G Bell
-Shires Tenor Trombone (7YLW, Rotary, TB47YC)
-Bach 50T3 with Shires Slide

New Instruments in stock this week (6/29/24)

Notable instruments for sale this week:

-M&W Yellow Brass
-M&W Red Brass Satin Finish
-Vincent Bach New York 16ii
-Elkhart Conn 82H New York Symphony
-Stephens Brass (Shires) MV Model

O’Malley Trombones are available for pre-order

The first twelve O’Malley trombones are available at a discount for pre-orders. As of June 18th, Seven have already been spoken for, five slots remain. The price will go up once these are in production, so inquire now to reserve yours at a special introductory price of $5000 in raw brass or $5600 in lacquer. For more details, visit the O’Malley Trombone site www.omalleytrombones.com

The Brass Ark is Moving!

After ten years in our current building, The Brass Ark is moving a few blocks down the street to 3542 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta. This new shop is THREE TIMES the size of our old shop and will feature some museum space for my collection on display as well as much more. The shop will officially be in this location as of April 1st, 2024.

Handel Wraps Fine Leather for Trombones

I am very excited to announce The Brass Ark is the US Dealer for Handel Wraps, leather grips for trombone. Handmade in California, these are some of the finest leather slide covers made on the market. Each handcrafted to order, a wide variety of leather colors and qualities are available. In stock in standard leather or premium Horween leather.

Stephens Trombones by Stephen Shires

I am very excited to announce The Brass Ark is the US Dealer for Stephens Trombones, by Stephen Shires. Handmade in Vermont by Steve… what more is there to say. I have a red brass/bronze tenor in stock. Two MV style yellow brass trombones arriving in 12-16 weeks. Email to reserve yours now, as these trombones are sure to be the hot ticket. $5500 without case.