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Welcome to Crow Custom Brass

I created Crow Custom Brass to offer people quality horns at a reasonable price!  You would be shocked at the profit margin on music instruments.  To be fair music stores do have large overheads and repair shops they must pay for. On the other hand, I have little to no overhead. Crow Custom Brass is Veteran own business and it is not how I make a living! This is done out of the Joy of playing the Trumpet and helping students get into a good upper-end horn and a reasonable price!  Ok, who is kidding who? It also, this gives old guys like me a shot at a really good high-end horn. 

What is so Custom about Crow Custom Brass?

My horns are medium bore trumpets. I am a Cornet guy but there are times you need a Trumpet.  I wanted to make a trumpet that had more of a Cornet feel and sound.  You will see most of the Trumpets have one if not two Shepherd’s crooks. This makes the tone much warmer but with the medium bore, it still can be bright.  

Larger 5.24-inch 133mm bells. Again this makes the horns warmer but it also makes them really project sound. They are all two-piece bells. I have played one–piece bells and two-piece bells. I can’t tell the difference so why pay for the difference?  Also, the Mt. Vernon Bach Strads, the “holy grail” of collectible trumpets, have two-piece bells.

I put Amado Waterkeys on all of the horns. I just think they are far better.  

How can I offer quality horns at such low prices?

Two things:
No Warranty and all sales are final. 
I make quality horns with German Brass and Monel Valves. Crow Custom Brass Horns are not cheep ebay horns.  I have been to the factory, and I have seen every step of the process of making the horns.  I believe in them.  If you want a high-end horn at an excellent price, the Crow Custom Brass Trumpet is the best deal on the market.  We can price them low because we do not offer a warranty. Crow Custom Brass is not a job for me; it is a passion. Once you put a Crow Trumpet in your hands, you will know the value you got with your purchase. Yes, this is an unconventional business model. It is not a business for me like I said before; it is a passion.  

Trumpet Prodigy ~ Niccole Meza Ramos – Sighed a sponsorship deal

August 29th 2019 Trumpet Prodigy ~ Niccole Meza Ramos – “Cole Trumpet” was signed to a two year sponsorship deal with Crow Custom Brass. We are proud to help support Cole’s talent. Cole is an up and coming star and Crow Custom Brass wanted to make sure she had a horn that can take her to to the TOP! Cole looked over all of our horns and chose the MC6 Trumpet. We have renamed it to the “MC6 Cole Trumpet”. We are excited to be a small part in Cole’s journey to the top! 

Cole’s family left Venezuela because of the difficult economic, social and political situation.  They came to the Dominican Republic because the Latin music and Jazz music is big in the DR.  The father, Dalyomar Meza and Daughter, Niccole Meza Ramos are musicians, the father studied music in Mexico and created a Mariachi music school. Mariachi Emanuel International. Dalyomar plays trumpet, guitar, violin, *guitarron, *vihuela (*Mexican instruments) bass.  Niccole is also a very talented singer she represent Venezuela at the International Jazz Festival in Oslo, Norway. Niccole now plays DR jazz with a band called Sistema Temperado, and also plays in their Mariachi band and is a vocalist.  The mother, Zully Ramos is the glue that hold this all together.  She is the boss.  Niccole started playing the Trumpet at age 8, she always liked the trumpet and trombone.

We are trying to get visa for the family to tour in the United States but the government of Venezuela is broken and getting any official documentation out of Venezuela is impossible.  If any one knows someone in the state department or in imagination please contact me Dale Crow and I will provide more information as needed.  I would love to get Niccole and the Mariachi and Jazz band to tour in the United States but it is over my head.   

Copy or Clone?

I want to address this head on. With my prices, I have had a number of haters. I am not sorry that I am offering quality horns for such low prices.  This is not my source of income and it is a free country.  

We offer two styles of Trumpets Standard and Streamline and the truth of the matter is most of the dealers do the same.  

I would say that 80% of all Trumpets can be placed in the Standard Style Group.   
They all look similar to a ” ____ ” 

Then you have 20% of the Trumpets that look more modern what we call “Streamline”.
They all look similar to a ” ____ ” 

I will let you fill in the blanks. If you are a Trumpet player you know. 

None of our horns are copies or clones. Each is custom to my specs. All designed to give a warmer richer sound.  With a medium bore Trumpet, you can only do so much and we push the limits.  

Short Trumpet history and facts:

The Piston or Valve Trumpet showed up around 1839.  The Trumpet has not changed much over the years. They all have a mouthpiece, lead pipe, tuning slide, valve set block, three valve slides, and the main bell.  The full tubing length is about 1.48 m (4 ft 10 in). There are only so many ways you can bend the tubing to make a trumpet. They are primarily constructed of brass tubing, usually bent twice into a rounded rectangular shape.  There are two basic shapes of horns, The standard, and the more modern streamline design. The differences are the types of materials used and the bore of the tubing. Trumpet builders try to tweak things within the parameters given to try to give their horn an edge. All Trumpets kinda look like other trumpets. Duh!

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