Today is a typical Saturday at Harrelson Trumpets. I arrived this morning just before 9am to meet a new client who is ordering a Summit Bb trumpet. We spent around two hours discussing the Summit trumpet he had borrowed and after playing several horns in the shop we had an ideal configuration to fit his playing preferences. We also looked at inlays, finger rings, water keys, screw stops, trim kits, etc. as all of these have various options.
This reminded me that I had made it a goal last year to create a section of the HT website that showed every option and walked clients through the order process. In fact, Jen even designed and launched such a page, but it was inexplicably lost from our files never to be found. Such an online system would be a valuable tool so I'll make sure we get a new version up an running as quickly as possible.
It was also brought to my attention that the descriptions of our individual model instruments have also been lost. At one time, there was a paragraph explaining each model in detail so prospective customers would know which would best fit their needs. In the past few years, we have changed servers, web hosts, software, etc. several times to keep up with the latest technology. However, in the process of doing so it appears we have omitted some important information. I'll be sure we get these back on our website as well.
Yes, dealing with web updates IS in fact part of a typical Saturday. But primarily, I am here alone building parts for the following week of trumpet builds uninterrupted by questions, calls and emails. Today I am milling Bravura braces, finishing a C Bravura order and setting up the twin spindle lathe for mouthpiece receiver production.
Marquis Hill stopped in the shop a few hours ago checking out horns and placing an order for a new Summit Bb. He will be playing at the Twin Cities Jazz Fest later today so if you read this in time, go check him out. He's a great musician with a soulful sound as well as a very nice guy. I'm grateful to work with such talented, dedicated musicians who truly appreciate great music and acoustics!
Back to milling Bravura braces...