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I am proud to announce my line of custom-made vintage trombone leadpipe replicas, This has been a collaborative effort with Noah Gladstone of The Brass Ark. I have carefully measured and reproduced some of the best vintage pipes from Noah's personal collection, plus some others from other sources. These are the same pipes that can be purchased at The Brass Ark. You can buy them there, or order here. All pipes are available in yellow brass or red brass. The yellow brass gives clean, fast articulations, while the red brass gives a warmer, more dense, and less brittle sound. They come with a brass ring and will work as a press-fit in most trombones. If you have a threaded receiver, I can add a threaded collar for any make of trombone for $25 additional charge.

Seamed pipes: I am now also making seamed leadpipes. These are made from sheet metal which is brazed together and then formed. Available in yellow brass, copper, or nickel silver. The copper pipes are my best seller right now - they provide a complex, warm and aurally interesting sound with a very stable feel. The brass seamed pipes provide complexity as well with an extremely weighty and dense feel. The nickel is very powerful - I would recommend it for strong players who desire a commanding presence in the trombone section.

Due to the difficulty of producing seamed nickel leadpipes, I have decided to offer drawn nickel leadpipes. These are the same nickel silver material, but drawn from a tube. After searching for the perfect material, I have found tubing that works extremely well for this purpose. We have tested these at the shop, and I feel that they play just as well as the seamed nickel pipes. The core and projection of the sound are outstanding. They are almost impossible to overblow. Response at soft volumes is excellent as well.

All pipes, including Conn copies, are made with standard morse taper (Bach style) receiver, unless discussed otherwise.

Pipe models are listed below, and more models are in the works!:


PRICES:

Yellow brass with press-fit ring: $130

Drawn nickel: $170

Seamed copper: $220

Seamed nickel: $260

Seamed yellow brass  $220

Seamed red brass: $220

Threaded collar (specify trombone maker): Add $30

Note: Drawn red brass pipes are no longer available. I am now making seamed red brass pipes.


ORDER HERE: (Pipes are made per order. Current estimated completion time for orders is 2 weeks.)

Press Fit Leadpipe - options
Specify leadpipe model here

Threaded Collar Leadpipe - options
Thread type
Specify leadpipe model here

.562 BORE

1950 New York Bach 50 - Open venturi and a bit shorter than the Mt. Vernon pipe. Puts out a lot of sound without being "woofy".

Mount Vernon Bach 50 - Replica of an original pipe from a Mount Vernon era Bach. Tighter venturi gives a very focused sound with lots of core, ease of tone production, and consistency throughout all registers, without being stuffy or "blatty". The seamed copper option on this one is especially good.

Bert Herrick 62H - More open than the MV50. Here's Noah's description, which I think is spot on: "This pipe has a venturi that starts very early in the pipe, which gives a bit more point and sharpness on the sound. It's the perfect pipe for TIS (tuning in the slide) bass trombones that sometimes can be unfocused, this pipe will give you clarity in the middle and upper registers but still give that classic sizzle on the low range."

Olds George Roberts - Modeled after the George Roberts model bass trombone pipe. This one has an even larger venturi and is a bit shorter. It plays very open with a lot of "punch" in the lower register.

Holton TR185/Schatz Minick Replica (Schatz) - Custom made for Jack Schatz, NY Freelance Bass Trombonist, after his original Minick TR185 Custom leadpipe. "Lush, dark, rich and focused with lots of core".


.547 BORE

Bach 42 Open Larger venturi for those who want a more open blow.

Mount Vernon Bach 42 -  Focused, powerful sound. Excellent slotting. This is a good replacement for your stock 8H/88H pipe if you feel your Conn is too "spread".

1919 Conn 8H - This is a copy of one of Noah's favorite classic pipes from his personal collection. The original is in red brass, as is this one. Select "seamed red brass" when ordering.

1950s Elkhart Conn 8H - Faithfully reproduced from an excellent example of this classic trombone we had in shop.


.525 BORE:

1964 Bach Mt Vernon 36 - Modeled from another great vintage pipe in Noah's collection.

1975 Bach Elkhart 36 - This one is from my own personal Bach. It has a tighter venturi for players who want more "zing" in their sound. Very solid high range.


.522 BORE:

1927 Conn 78H - Classic Conn medium bore sound.

1938 Conn 78H "long" - This is from another great Conn pipe of the same era. It's a bit longer and somewhat smaller venturi; even more focused sound.


.500 BORE:

Conn 32H "Burkle" - Colorful sound; easy tone production and flexibility; good high register; slots well. Good pipe for lead trombone.


.481 BORE:

King 2B 1938 Silver Sonic - Reproduction of a classic King 2B one piece leadpipe. Can also be made to fit .485 trombones if requested.


ALTO:

K&M Slokar copy for Chinese alto trombones - This is copied from an original one-piece Slokar leadpipe. The one piece design offers a smoother taper than the haphazardly put-together Chinese 2-piece pipes. Doesn't have a "lip" where the 2 parts solder together on the Chinese models. It's also longer. Intonation and focus are greatly improved with this pipe. Threaded to fit the standard Slokar alto copy made by Jinbao (AKA Selman). To order on-line, select "Threaded collar leadpipes" and select "Jinbao alto" as thread type.