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Bob Reeves Valve Alignments at The Music Place

Legendary trumpet technician, Bob Reeves, is coming to The Music Place.

With decades of technical experience, Bob and his team are leading valve alignment specialists and also are known worldwide for designing and making their great mouthpieces .  Bob and his team will be here to  assess your horn and talk freely about various ways to get the most out of your horn.

So, if you want your horn to improve in any of the following areas, we encourage you to get Bob’s assessment of how to get the most out of your horn:

  • Free blowing

  • Note slotting

  • Intonation

  • Ease of high end

  • Tonal colours

 

What is a valve alignment and why would I want one?

Even if your trumpet came from the factory with perfectly aligned valves (which almost NO horn does), every instrument eventually needs adjustment.  If the valve pistons don’t align perfectly with the ports on your trumpet, the air flow is adversely interrupted.
When your valves aren’t lined up properly, each valve combination gives a different timbre. When the timbre changes, a musician will compensate with their chops in order to even out the timbre. By compensating with your chops, you are working harder than necessary to play the instrument. When you are working harder than necessary, the upper register is more difficult.
When your valves are in proper alignment, you don’t have to compensate as much to even out the sound. The upper register becomes easier and more consistent.

Come and see Bob Reeves.

…in Melbourne:

Bring your trumpet (or any other piston valved horn) to 339 Clarendon St, South Melbourne on the evening of April 16 – doors open at 7:15pm.  Bob and his team will assess the current well-being of your setup and see whether your horn will benefit from a valve alignment.  Please be prepared to leave your horn for 48 hours as all work will begin Friday morning.  Appointments may be booked in advance, and horns must be delivered on the Thursday evening; first in, best dressed.

Call us or email to confirm your booking.

03) 9699 9099

… in Sydney:

Bring your trumpet to 179 Parramatta Rd. Annandale, April 20 where the doors will open at 6pm.  Bob and his team will assess the current well-being of your setup and see whether your horn will benefit from a valve alignment.  Please be prepared to leave your horn for 48 hours as all alignment work will begin Tuesday morning.  Appointments may be booked in advance, and horns must be delivered on the Monday evening; first in, best dressed.

Call us or email to confirm your booking.

02)  9550 0100

The only other way to get Bob to look at your horn is to ship it to him in the USA!
Don’t miss this opportunity!

Also check out the Bob Reeves Brass website for some more details (and an indication on pricing for the alignment).

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