Around here, nothing is permanent. I mean here at Harrelson Trumpets - the shop is awash in a neverending flood of new designs, of upgrades, of improvements to our own processes and to the trumpets that come out of it. When something slows us down, we find a way to change it and speed it up. If a part can be streamlined to fit better, the design is changed immediately. I don't know any other place that can function at such a feverish pace - where a hitch is identified, a solution is devised, and the new version is implemented often within a day or so. It's a fricking Galopagos Island of trumpet, where evolution happens at the speed of light and only the strongest and most robust designs last any length of time. And that is honestly how this company was able to find its way into a very rigid industry, rife with tradition and expectation of how a trumpet should be, and still survive and thrive with its new trumpet approach. Each step, each improvement pushes resolutely towards these overarching goals - trumpets that are easier to play and easier to manufacture, that can match their sound to the player's vision, and that include strokes of personality to make them unique to each individual. This dedication to efficiency of design, streamlining production, and constant evolution is also what allows this tiny shop to keep up (barely) with the massive slew of orders and interest we receive for trumpets and parts. It's an inspiring environment to be around, and I highly recommend stopping it for a tour sometime. The kind of place that truly makes you feel that anything is possible, that ideas can turn into reality if you just find the right tools and take the time to learn them.
I work here at the Harrelson workshop- talking to trumpet players, finishing and assembling trumpet parts, and loving every moment of it.