I have good news and something fun to keep you entertained this weekend. The good news is that pre-orders for our new Rumors & Dreams trumpets will be released next Wednesday morning. Even better news, you can get one for as low as $2800 if you're one of the first five customers to place your order. You can read more about how this will work here.
I usually write a lot in my blog, but today I had too much to discuss on the origins of Rumors & Dreams. That's why I filmed a video to give you my personal history, research, and more on how our latest line of trumpets was named and designed. Don't miss the debut of this in-depth look at what could be your favorite trumpet, or pair of trumpets, of all time.
And as always, feel free to leave your comments and questions below. I'm also available Monday and Tuesday to answer your questions before the pre-order launch, so you know exactly what you want to order before it happens.
I have made the decision to push back the release of Rumors & Dreams by at least two more weeks. This is in response to hopeful clients expressing concerns that they need more time to be financially ready to take advantage of release day pre-order discounts. And I plan to record the official release video using the new SpectraTone Red mouthpiece, which I am finishing next week. I personally believe the Rumors trumpet variation designed for lead and commercial playing, will sound best with the new SpectraTone Red mouthpiece.
Unrelated to R&D, September is the last month you can order a custom 3rd generation VPS Summit trumpet. If you love the smooth or crosshatch style crooks, this will be your last opportunity to place an order. We have a limited selection of these components remaining before they are retired forever. Laser welding techniques which produce the very smooth surface finishes will be replaced with two different processes, laser sintering and a screw array assembly system. Please email me with your intent to purchase a custom VPS Summit before the end of the month, so we can reserve the crook style of your choice.
And finally, I want to mention the upcoming release of SpectraTone Red, which will be exclusive to a new crowdfunding platform known as Backerkit. Much like Kickstarter, the Backerkit platform will allow you to choose the exact size of your SpectraTone Red mouthpiece and place a pre-order with delivery expected within 60 days. To test this new system, we will launch our Dichroic Glass Mod Kits in the coming days. This will be a short campaign as we have limited inventory of this new Mod Kit designed to improve efficiency and overall playability.
As always, feel free to contact me with your questions, or leave a comment here.
I have been innovating the 5MM Modular Mouthpiece System for well over a decade. The SpectraTone series is a direct descendant of the 5MM, and 100% compatible, so we use the terms interchangeably.
Today, I'm introducing the next step in the evolution of modular mouthpieces. This innovation solves some challenges with cornet and flugel mouthpiece designs, and simplifies options. The new design integrates the Cup and Throat to be one piece, which simplifies assembly, and removes some options. You can still order the separate pieces we've offered in the past, if you already own the original version.
What does this mean to you? Well, now you can order a Modular Cornet or Flugel mouthpiece in the predetermined configurations I personally recommend. Since the Cup and Throat are integrated, the options are more straightforward and easy to order. You can see the new listing options here.
Please know that I am making these new variations right now, so they will head to plating in approximately a week. This means your order today will likely be delivered within 30 days.