Charley Davis has been a studio musician and Trumpet player for over thirty years. In addition to his experience as a player, Charley has always been interested in the design of the Trumpet. Over the years, he worked directly with manufacturers to refine the dynamics and sound of the instrument. While many famous Trumpet players have manufactured instruments played by musicians in the Los Angeles studios, most of these brands have not survived. Those that have survived do so in name only without the characteristic color of the original horns. Over the course of his career, Charley has played many of these prized instruments crafted by artisans long gone. Armed with the belief that he and his fellow professionals would embrace a finely crafted trumpet of exceptional sound, Charley followed his vision and took on the task of creating a contemporary version of those venerated horns.
Charles Davis Trumpet Design
The legacy Trumpet designs have all but disappeared or changed once the craftsman and artist passed on. The Charles Davis Trumpet is a return to the traditions of design and sound. Improvements have been made in manufacturing to deliver a horn of present day standards. Valve action and construction have greatly improved while remaining true to the original design.
The Charles Davis Trumpet is uniquely crafted in the style of the artisan, and with great attention to detail. Mr. Davis personally plays each instrument before it is shipped, adjusting it for the desired response and sound. Further, to insure the highest quality, each Trumpet undergoes a Bob Reeves Valve Alignment with the certificate of authenticity enclosed.
The #2 Leadpipe (1S-2) offers a freer blow with less resistance and has improved flexibility. The #7 Leadpipe (1S-7) offers more resistance.
Here is what Rick Baptist, legendary LA studio recording artist has to say about the Charles Davis LA West Coast Trumpet:
Those of us who know Charley know he is a genius at making a horn play better with his way of tinkering with the horn. I am so thrilled he is finally making his own model. I played the prototype, it plays fantastic. It’s very smooth and even throughout the horn, and the scale is right on.
Bravo Charley, it is about time you did this.