One of the most important aspects
(and one where Bob Reeves Brass excels) of valve alignment is the pad material. Most trumpet makers
use felt, cork or rubber pads as valve bumpers. The problem
with these materials is that they change dramatically over
time due to compression and decompose when mixed with oil
and saliva, two components commonly found in trumpets.
material used in a Bob Reeves valve alignment is highly
stable and will stand up to oil and saliva as well as
pounding from daily use. Instead of
compressing over the course of weeks, our pads last on
average from 5 to 10 years. If you feel your pads are
wearing out (or they get accidentally thrown out!), all we
have to do is send you a new set of pads to put your horn
back to where it was the day it left the shop after our alignment.
Unless parts of your valves have been changed,
there is not a need to send your horn back to us once it has