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Bach Strad 72*/43 S/n 185680 W/ Reeves


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Bach Strad 72*/43 S/n 185680.  Recent Bob Reeves Alignment and Chem Clean.

This horn is very hard to part with.  It belonged to my very good friend and teacher Howie Shear.  Howie passed away August 2023 a few days before his 70th birthday.

I first met Howie in 1980, and have been friends ever since. His quick wit, incredible sense of humor, and world class trumpet playing were only surpassed by his gift of sharing these remarkable skills. His influence on my life has left an indelible mark forever.

Howie told me that he had been given this horn from Famed LA trumpeter Pete Condoli.  It is a Bach Stradivarius with a lightweight 72 bell and a 43 lead pipe.

It was and still is a favorite among commercial and jazz trumpet players.  ML bore .460 with yellow brass 72 bell.   This horn was manufactured in the early 1980’s

Howie played it when he lead trumpet with Woody Herman in 1982.  Howie stored this horn back in the case after he became a Hub Van Laar artist.

I had it cleaned and aligned when his estate asked me to sell it for them.


Here is the link to Howie’s Obituary

Dr. Howard (Howie) Shear received a Bachelors in Education from Fredonia State University in 1975 and a Masters in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in 1977. He studied with James F. Burke and Raymond Crisara. Howie toured with the Woody Herman Band as lead trumpet player & featured soloist in 1980. After the tour he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a studio musician and soloist. Among the extensive list of artists he has worked with are: The Chuck Mangione Orchestra, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Mel Torme, Reno Jones, The Temptations, and The Spinners. He was the musical arranger and lead trumpet player on the Joan Rivers Late Night Show. Howie has also played various shows at the Ahmanson Theater and many jazz festivals around the world where he has held trumpet clinics. Arranger and producer of various jazz albums, Howie currently has his own jazz quartet. His classical work includes playing with brass quintets and choirs, solo church work, and solo work in the studios. He received his Doctorate in Music from the University of Southern California in 2002.