Hello again friends!
I thought I would provide an update.
I picked up my completed Harrelson Summt Bb trumpet last night from Jason's shop around 6pm "North Star" time.
Wow, it is such an incredibly beautiful instrument! I would post some pictures but I don't have a great camera.
Perhaps I'll try later this week.
I had Jason build it with the #1 leadpipe and #10 gold brass bell. It's a great combination for me.
I added aluminim caps and finger buttons. It's raw brass...for now.
I just got done playing it for about 40 minutes comparing it with my epoxy and aluminum plastered Getzen and my
Carol Brass 658. Well, of course, the Summit is the best horn I have ever owned or played. It is significantly lighter
than my Getzen and maybe an ounce or so heavier than the CB658, it's almost not noticable.
I can tell already that this horn will do things that none of my previous horns could do - higher notes, and softer upper
range is possible, for one thing. Also the 10G bell gives a lovely tone. I don't play lead, so it's a great sound for me.
I'm sure as I get used to playing a Harrelson again it will become even more apparent how fine an instrument this is.
For as light as it is I am sure this is the most efficient horn you can buy.
Jason and I had a nice supper at a local Mexican place near his shop. We sat and talked about trumpets, players,
business and all sorts of things. It's always a treat to spend time chatting with someone as interesting as Jason.
He told me of some big name players that are buying horns from him and I was so pleased that he is now getting the
recognition he has deserved for years.
If anyone reading this is considering a Harrelson, I would highly recommend scheduling a visit in person to his shop in MN.
Meeting Jason and absorbing his knowledge of all things trumpet is worth almost as much as getting a new horn.
And, Jason is not like some builders who require you to pass an interview before they will sell you a horn.
You want a horn, he'll build you one.
You don't like it, he'll make you another one and give you a trade in value you won't believe - I know I didn't.
I know this won't be my last Harrelson trumpet. After hearing Jason's latest plans I know that in 2 to 3 years he will
be building some new horns that will truly be stunning in their unique design and playing characteristicks.
If you are a serious musician you cannot pass up the opportunity to buy a Harrelson, so start saving up now!