MOUTHPIECES

Choosing a Mouthpiece

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Trumpets

Standard Reeves Trumpet Mouthpiece

Our standard line of handcrafted mouthpieces consists of several hundred combinations of rims, cups, backbores, and shank options that cover all types of performance situations.

Choosing the correct model is as easy as one, two, three:

1. Choose a rim:

RimInner DiameterShapeComparison
4040/64", .625", 15.875mmSemi-flat with a medium-sharp biteThe 40 rim is functionally similar to Bach Mount Vernon 10 1/2C, Bach 11 3/4 C, 17, and Schilke 6 rims.
4141/64", .640", 16.272mmSemi-flat with a medium-sharp biteThe 41 rim is functionally similar to Bach 7C, 9D, 10 3/4 A,11A, 11C, and Schilke 13 rims.
4242/64", .656", 16.669mmMedium-round with a soft biteOur 42 rim is functionally similar to Bach Elkhart 3C & 6C, Bach 8C, 10B, and Schilke 14 rims.
4343/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-round with a soft biteOur 43 rim is functionally similar to Bach 2 3/4 C, 3, 3E, 3F, and Schilke 16 rims.
43N43/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-flat, narrow, with a medium-sharp biteOur 43N rim is functionally similar to a Bach 6C Mount Vernon, Bach 1X, 2 1/2 C, 6, 6B, 7D, and 8 1/2 B rims.
43W43/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-round, medium-cushion with a soft biteOur 43W rim is functionally similar to a Bach 2 3/4C with cushion, 7CW, and 3CW rims.
43.543.5/64", .680", 17.264mmMedium-round, semi-narrow, with a medium-sharp biteOur 43.5 rim is functionally similar to Bach 1, 1 1/2 C, 2, 3B, 5C Elkhart and Schilke 15 and 16 rims.

2. Choose a cup style:

CupAverage Cup DepthDescription
ES.195"Extra shallow bowl shaped cup
SV.208"Very shallow conical V-shaped cup
S.215"Shallow bowl shaped cup
M.245"Medium bowl shaped cup
D.260"Medium-deep conical bowl shaped cup
C.305"Medium-deep bowl shaped cup (Similar to a Bach 3C cup)
B.308"Deep cylindrical bowl (Like Bach 7B)

3. Choose a backbore:

BackboreDescription
692sLAn extremely efficient backbore. It is the same shape as the 692s backbore but not shortened. This increases the cylindrical bore section leading to a full, focused sound and enhanced slotting in the extreme upper register.
692sAn efficient backbore, the 692s is shorter than a conventional length mouthpiece. When combined with shallow cups it projects with ease making it a popular choice for lead players. When combined with very deeper cups (like a "B" cup) it allows for the darkness in sound of the cup while continuing to assist in the upper register.
2 (Standard)Our most versatile backbore, the 2 is more centered than a Bach #10 with excellent tone color and intonation. This backbore works well on all of our cups providing the player both efficiency and agility. The 2 backbore is generally not marked on our mouthpieces.
69Good for big band playing, the 69 backbore records well with a bright, focused sound. This is very popular on our shallower cups (S and shallower). Good if you like to power the upper register. It was named because Bob developed it in 1969.
692Darker and broader tone than the 69 backbore but still with a well defined core. The 692 works great for strong players who don’t prefer the efficiency of smaller backbores and for players who have tighter horns.
sOur Symphonic backbore is similar in style to a Schmitt backbore and used in combination with our deeper cups to produce an opulent, teutonic sound.
XOur physically largest backbore, the X is a popular choice for rotary trumpets and when a dark, warm sound is desired.

From there, you can decide if you want our standard shank or if you prefer to optimize your mouthpiece further using the Reeves Sleeve system.

Not sure what you want or have a question? Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Classical Series Trumpet Mouthpiece

Vintage Feel;
Classic Sound;
Modern Design.
In the trumpet world tradition is important.

As the trumpet repertoire gets harder,  technological advances in equipment make sense; however, tradition resists these advances to preserve the classic trumpet sound.

At Bob Reeves Brass we bring tradition in harmony with technology.

The result is the Bob Reeves Brass Classical Series Trumpet Mouthpiece. Our 50+ years of experience machining and helping solve brass players’ problems result in a trumpet mouthpiece that feels great, plays easier, and preserves the classic trumpet sound.

Rim and Cup

The rims and cups are based on New York, Mt. Vernon, and early Elkart vintages of popular mouthpieces. We selected the final mouthpiece rim and cup contours by analyzing and comparing hundreds of examples of each model and finding what about those examples players liked best.

The Backbore

The backbore is newly designed by Bob Reeves Brass. It plays more in tune and consistent through all registers. This design facilitates a clean, precise articulation. It produces a noble sound that is dark, rich, and resonant.

The Classical Series Trumpet Mouthpiece comes on a solid, one-piece blank in the following models:

10-1/2C
7C
6C
3C
1-1/2C
1-1/4C
1C

Vintage Purviance Trumpet Mouthpiece

We are honored to offer the mouthpieces of Carroll Purviance, the famous custom mouthpiece maker in Hollywood, California, who gave Bob Reeves his start in the 1960s. Bob Reeves inherited Purviance’s tooling in 1969 and we continue to use it today.

We offer the Purviance mouthpieces as either a one-piece model on the original Purviance outside blank shape, or as a two-piece, screw rim model on the Reeves blank.

All Purviance models are available with a standard shank, the Purviance ‘B’ shank that decreases the gap, or converted for the Reeves Sleeve system.

Purviance cornet and flugelhorn models are available. Contact us for more information.

Model information:

Purviance Original Model NumberBob Reeves Model NumberDiameterRim WidthCup DepthDescription
4*2RP140/64"Medium WideShallowBrilliant tone and a good high register
4*D1RP240.5/64"Medium NarrowShallowIdeal for all around work
4*7RP341/64"Medium CushionShallowBrilliant tone and a good high register
4*D4RP441/64"MediumShallowIdeal for all around work
4*D4WRP541.5/64"MediumShallowLarger diameter but not a deep cup
6C3RP641.5/64"MediumMediumLarger Diameter but not a deep cup
7C3RP6A41.5/64"MediumMedium DeepLarger Diameter but not a deep cup
6C6RP741.5/64"NarrowMediumLarger Diameter but not a deep cup
4*K4RP842/64"MediumMedium ShallowIdeal for all around work
5*K4RP8A42/64"MediumMedium DeepLarger Diameter but not a deep cup
4*3RP943/64"MediumMedium ShallowIdeal for all around work
5*3RP9A43/64MediumDeepLarger diameter deep cup
6*3RP1043/64"NarrowExtra ShallowBrilliant tone, very shallow bowl cup

A Note on Purviance Markings

There have been several marking variations on the Purviance mouthpieces through the years. Mouthpieces made during Purviance’s lifetime will use the original model numbers (see table above) and contain his initials “C.M.” preceding the Purviance name.

When Bob Reeves Brass inherited the mouthpiece line, he omitted the “C.M.” leaving only the Purviance name. The models were also renumbered from 1-10 with variations labeled with an “A” and keeping the B shank option. Some of these were made on Purviance blanks, some were made on Reeves blanks.

Later, a “P” was stamped sometimes before the model. Eventually, we standardized the stamping to include the registered trademark symbol “®” before the “P”. Today we refer to the one-piece models on the Purviance blank using the original model numbers, and the two-piece models on the Reeves blank using the RP or ®P model numbers.

Specialty Trumpet Mouthpieces

C2J – Chorale to Jazz Mouthpiece

The first mouthpiece of its kind, designed by Bob Reeves in the early 1990s, the C2J will give your trumpet a warm, flugelhorn-like sound without the burden and playing issues common with doubling on flugelhorn.

For jazz combos and big band, the C2J is a great solution for students and pros alike when a mellow sound is needed but a flugelhorn is not available or difficult to use in the situation. As many of our customers have told us, why lug a second horn around to play four measures of long tones in a ballad when you can just plug in a C2J into your trumpet.

The C2J has been used in symphony halls around the world for offstage solos and soft, mellow passages. It has also been successfully used in major auditions to do the same.

The C2J is available with any of the Standard Reeves, Purviance, or Classical Series rims. You can also have us thread your rim and build a C2J to it.

High Efficiency Models

As the range demands for lead, commercial, and latin trumpet players have increased, players have been searching for more extremes when it comes to smaller rim diameters and efficient cups, bores, and backbores. Typically, sound quality and response suffers, so we set out to design a line of mouthpieces that meets these new demands while keeping the core Reeves sound quality.

Comically referred to as “a bent dime with a whole in it,” these mouthpieces are not quite that small, but they get close!

EV Series Trumpet Models

Originally made for famous Banda trumpeter, Enrique Valdez of El Banda el Recodo, this line of mouthpieces has become the mouthpiece of choice for Banda and Mariachi trumpet players. The models feature a wide, cushioned rim that provides the musician with comfort and support for the demanding playing. The cup is shallow creating a vibrant, crisp sound that works equally well on the microphone as it does in acoustic settings. The backbore is efficient yet allows for a full sound and excellent projection.

The models range from the smallest rim diameter EV5 to EV8 in half sizes.

Custom Trumpet Models

We are a full custom shop that offers duplications, alterations, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Contact as to see what we can do for you.

Popular Custom Models

These are models we’ve made through the years that are frequently requested:

CF – 43W rim, hybrid ES & S cup, 28 bore, 69 backbore, #5 shank, originally bent 12 degrees

JH – 3C rim, deep-S cup, 28 bore, 692 backbore, #4 shank

Zinger – 42 rim, shallow-S cup, 28 bore, modified 692s backbore, #5 shank

Bud Brisbois – Very narrow diameter (36/64″) Semi-flat, medium cushion rim, very little bite, cup similar to Mt. Vernon 17C1 bowl shape, 26 Bore. fairly large backbore

Cat Anderson – based on Cat’s Charlie Anderson model. Extremely cushioned rim, small inner diameter, extra shallow cup, 27 bore, large backbore

Flugelhorn, Cornet, and Piccolo Trumpet

Flugelhorn Mouthpieces

We offer a comprehensive line of two-piece, screw rim flugelhorn mouthpieces to meet the variety of demands of today’s musician. The cups are designed with sound, intonation, and response in mind.

1. Choose a rim:

RimInner DiameterShapeComparison
4040/64", .625", 15.875mmSemi-flat with a medium-sharp biteThe 40 rim is functionally similar to Bach Mount Vernon 10 1/2C, Bach 11 3/4 C, 17, and Schilke 6 rims.
4141/64", .640", 16.272mmSemi-flat with a medium-sharp biteThe 41 rim is functionally similar to Bach 7C, 9D, 10 3/4 A,11A, 11C, and Schilke 13 rims.
4242/64", .656", 16.669mmMedium-round with a soft biteOur 42 rim is functionally similar to Bach Elkhart 3C & 6C, Bach 8C, 10B, and Schilke 14 rims.
4343/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-round with a soft biteOur 43 rim is functionally similar to Bach 2 3/4 C, 3, 3E, 3F, and Schilke 16 rims.
43N43/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-flat, narrow, with a medium-sharp biteOur 43N rim is functionally similar to a Bach 6C Mount Vernon, Bach 1X, 2 1/2 C, 6, 6B, 7D, and 8 1/2 B rims.
43W43/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-round, medium-cushion with a soft biteOur 43W rim is functionally similar to a Bach 2 3/4C with cushion, 7CW, and 3CW rims.
43.543.5/64", .680", 17.264mmMedium-round, semi-narrow, with a medium-sharp biteOur 43.5 rim is functionally similar to Bach 1, 1 1/2 C, 2, 3B, 5C Elkhart and Schilke 15 and 16 rims.

2. Choose a cup style:

CupDescription
FOur shallowest flugelhorn cup. The F cup is an all around, easy to play fluglehorn cup that gets a good, rich flugelhorn sound combined with ease of playing.
FEThe FE cup is a good option for jazz player and big band players that want a darker sound than the F. It has a solid core but provides more breadth in the sound for solo playing.
DFThe DF cup is designed for European-style brass band playing and for classical settings such as brass quintet, solo literature, and off-stage orchestral parts.
HFOur warmest, darkest sounding cup available. Great for playing in the staff on ballads and smooth jazz, it is not recommended for extended upper register work.

3. Choose a shank:

  • Standard (Large Morse Taper, not stamped)
  • Bach (Small Morse Taper, marked with a “b”)
  • French (Cylindrical shank for Couesnon-style receivers, marked with a “c”)

Not sure which shank your flugelhorn requires? You can consult our Ultimate Guide to Flugelhorn Shanks, or check with your manufacturer.

Feel free to contact us if you would like a free mouthpiece consultation.

Cornet Mouthpieces

Our cornet mouthpiece line utilizes the same rim and cup designs from our Standard Trumpet Mouthpiece line, making switching back and forth easy. The range of cup sizes allow for a variety of playing styles, from high repiano cornet, to traditional jazz, to orchestral and classic brass band playing.

Each cornet mouthpiece comes standard as a two-piece, screw rim model with the modern standard cornet shank. Vintage and other custom shanks are available by request. Contact us for more information.

1. Choose a rim:

RimInner DiameterShapeComparison
4040/64", .625", 15.875mmSemi-flat with a medium-sharp biteThe 40 rim is functionally similar to Bach Mount Vernon 10 1/2C, Bach 11 3/4 C, 17, and Schilke 6 rims.
4141/64", .640", 16.272mmSemi-flat with a medium-sharp biteThe 41 rim is functionally similar to Bach 7C, 9D, 10 3/4 A,11A, 11C, and Schilke 13 rims.
4242/64", .656", 16.669mmMedium-round with a soft biteOur 42 rim is functionally similar to Bach Elkhart 3C & 6C, Bach 8C, 10B, and Schilke 14 rims.
4343/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-round with a soft biteOur 43 rim is functionally similar to Bach 2 3/4 C, 3, 3E, 3F, and Schilke 16 rims.
43N43/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-flat, narrow, with a medium-sharp biteOur 43N rim is functionally similar to a Bach 6C Mount Vernon, Bach 1X, 2 1/2 C, 6, 6B, 7D, and 8 1/2 B rims.
43W43/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-round, medium-cushion with a soft biteOur 43W rim is functionally similar to a Bach 2 3/4C with cushion, 7CW, and 3CW rims.
43.543.5/64", .680", 17.264mmMedium-round, semi-narrow, with a medium-sharp biteOur 43.5 rim is functionally similar to Bach 1, 1 1/2 C, 2, 3B, 5C Elkhart and Schilke 15 and 16 rims.

2. Choose a cup style:

CupAverage Cup DepthDescription
ES.195"Extra shallow bowl shaped cup
SV.208"Very shallow conical V-shaped cup
S.215"Shallow bowl shaped cup
M.245"Medium bowl shaped cup
D.260"Medium-deep conical bowl shaped cup
C.305"Medium-deep bowl shaped cup (Similar to a Bach 3C cup)
B.308"Deep cylindrical bowl (Like Bach 7B)

Feel free to contact us if you would like a free mouthpiece consultation.

Piccolo Trumpet Mouthpieces

Our piccolo trumpet mouthpiece line is available for both cornet shank and trumpet shank piccolo trumpet receivers. Available in any of the standard Reeves rims and cups, our piccolo mouthpieces are designed for the ease of playing and quick response needed for a successful piccolo trumpet performance. Our original backbore balances the smaller instrument and makes tuning easier.

1. Choose a rim:

RimInner DiameterShapeComparison
4040/64", .625", 15.875mmSemi-flat with a medium-sharp biteThe 40 rim is functionally similar to Bach Mount Vernon 10 1/2C, Bach 11 3/4 C, 17, and Schilke 6 rims.
4141/64", .640", 16.272mmSemi-flat with a medium-sharp biteThe 41 rim is functionally similar to Bach 7C, 9D, 10 3/4 A,11A, 11C, and Schilke 13 rims.
4242/64", .656", 16.669mmMedium-round with a soft biteOur 42 rim is functionally similar to Bach Elkhart 3C & 6C, Bach 8C, 10B, and Schilke 14 rims.
4343/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-round with a soft biteOur 43 rim is functionally similar to Bach 2 3/4 C, 3, 3E, 3F, and Schilke 16 rims.
43N43/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-flat, narrow, with a medium-sharp biteOur 43N rim is functionally similar to a Bach 6C Mount Vernon, Bach 1X, 2 1/2 C, 6, 6B, 7D, and 8 1/2 B rims.
43W43/64", .672", 17.066mmSemi-round, medium-cushion with a soft biteOur 43W rim is functionally similar to a Bach 2 3/4C with cushion, 7CW, and 3CW rims.
43.543.5/64", .680", 17.264mmMedium-round, semi-narrow, with a medium-sharp biteOur 43.5 rim is functionally similar to Bach 1, 1 1/2 C, 2, 3B, 5C Elkhart and Schilke 15 and 16 rims.

2. Choose a cup style:

CupAverage Cup DepthDescription
ES.195"Extra shallow bowl shaped cup
SV.208"Very shallow conical V-shaped cup
S.215"Shallow bowl shaped cup
M.245"Medium bowl shaped cup
D.260"Medium-deep conical bowl shaped cup
C.305"Medium-deep bowl shaped cup (Similar to a Bach 3C cup)
B.308"Deep cylindrical bowl (Like Bach 7B)

3. Choose Cornet or Trumpet shank

Feel free to contact us if you would like a free mouthpiece consultation.

Having issues playing piccolo on the A side? Try our A-Adapter for cornet shanked piccolos!

Trombone

Bob Reeves – Brass Ark Trombone Mouthpieces

We are pleased to announce a collaboration between Bob Reeves Brass Mouthpieces and The Brass Ark, creating an exciting line of premium trombone mouthpieces.

The Brass Ark, established in 2010 by trombonist Noah Gladstone, celebrates the love and passion for legendary brass craftsmanship and brings it to the forefront of musicians’ minds through the development and cultivation of modern equipment that firmly establishes its roots in the classic designs of the vintage masters.

We are  excited to see this mouthpiece project come to fruition. Bringing a premium line of hand crafted mouthpieces, available to the trombone community, has been a dream for both companies. The Bob Reeves/Brass Ark mouthpieces are some of the finest ever produced and we are confident that our philosophy of bringing rare and classic designs integrated with the modern mainstream has created something special.

With regard to the design concepts: we strive to find a mouthpiece that respond with vibrant clarity, a nice interface for the performer to maximize efficiency and production with minimal amount of effort. The articulations speak with brilliance and definition, while the “bloom” of the tone is rich and full with a focused core that not only projects, but enhances the quality and characteristic of your instrument.

Tenor Trombone Small Shank:

– 11C, one or two piece, standard small shank “Mercury Blank” 24.8mm rim, medium shallow cup. Ideal for small bore tenor and alto trombone playing
– Clarke 6.5AL, one or two piece, standard small shank “Mercury Blank”, 25.35mm rim, medium cup. Based on the original 6.5AL mouthpiece developed in the 1930s, The Clarke is a versatile mouthpiece for all around playing. Works great in .508-.525″ bore trombones.

Tenor Trombone Large Shank:

– Clarke 6.5AL-L, one or two piece, large shank, 25.35mm rim, medium cup
– 5GS, two piece only, large shank, 25.55mm rim, medium cup. A brighter and smaller version of our standard 5G. Has a more shallow cup, tighter throat and special backbore. Extremely efficient large bore mouthpiece
– 5G “Gladstone“, one or two piece, large shank, 25.55mm rim, medium deep cup. Special backbore with a “J” throat. Gives a touch more resistance than a standard 5G.
– 5G, one or two piece, large shank, 25.55mm rim, medium deep cup
– 4G, one or two piece large shank 26mm rim, deep cup
– 5G-4G, two piece large shank, 25.55mm rim, deep cup
– 4G-5G, two piece large shank, 26mm rim, med. deep cup

David Rejano Signature Mouthpieces

  • DR TORO – 25.55mm Clarke-style rim, Standard Blank, shallow 5GS style cup
  • DR ORCH – 25.55mm Clarke-style rim, Standard Blank, 5GS style cup
  • DR SOLO – 25.55mm Clarke-style rim, Mercury Blank, Clarke-style cup
  • DR DINO (euphonium) –  25.55mm Clarke-style rim, Mercury Blank, 5GS style cup

Jay Friedman Signature Mouthpieces

  • – Jay Friedman Signature, two piece large shank Friedman rim based on a Bach 3G, special V cup and backbore. As used by Jay Friedman of the Chicago Symphony. Mercury Blank only.
  • – 4G/JF, two piece large shank 26mm rim, special V cup and backbore, Mercury Blank only
  • – 5G/JF, two piece large shank 25.55mm rim, special V cup and backbore, Mercury Blank only

Bass Trombone:

  • – Mr. Bass – “Mr. Bass Trombone” commercial bass trombone mouthpiece. 1 1/2G 27.15mm rim, “GR” cup
  • – O.Bass – Orchestral Bass Trombone, one or two piece, large shank,28.15mm rim inner diameter, medium wide rim, deep cup. A powerful mouthpiece that is extremely efficient while delivering the breadth of sound needed for the demands of the modern bass trombone.
  • – “CV” Bass Trombone, one or two piece, large shank, Mercury blank29.5mm rim inner diameter, thin rim profile, deep cup with special efficient backbore and throat. Developed with  legendary bass trombonist Charlie Vernon. Also available in a lightweight version as the CV 2.0 model. This is an epic mouthpiece, one piece.

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