I will be back in New Orleans in less than two weeks to see the Satchmo trumpet sell at live auction. I built the Satchmo trumpet in honor of the Satchmo Summerfest that takes place annually at the Mint the first week of August. 100% of the sale price will go directly to French Quarter Arts Festivals, the non-profit that presents the festival. Please take a minute to spread the word on your Facebook and Twitter accounts by posting a link to the event here: Neal Auctions: Satchmo Trumpet
You can also see the trumpet on page 97 of the Neal Auction Catalog. I've also included a preview screenshot of the auction catalog page below.
I'll be offering a free masterclass at Loyola University New Orleans on Friday the 16th for students of Nick Volz. Let me know if you'd like to meet while I'm in town to talk shop or grab a drink.
Unrelated to this trip, I will also be giving a presentation on Standing Wave Efficiency tomorrow at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul tomorrow at 1pm. Please share this information as well by clicking here: SWE Lecture: St. Paul, MN
I have invested the past two months almost exclusively to developing new ideas on the cnc lathe. New developments include modular finger buttons and inlays, concave finger buttons, variations on bottom cap styles, more efficient bell couplers, Harrelson water keys and the 5MM System.
The 5MM Modular Mouthpiece System will offer over a million configurations by simple component changes including the rim, cup, throat, backbore, shank and outer body style. The idea is simple, settle on a rim size and shape then create variations of your favorite mouthpiece suitable for any kind of music. You can adjust air flow and tone by changing the throat, available in over 25 sizes. Attacks can be robust and bold with a deep cup or quickly switch to a shallow design for better endurance and cutting power. Backbore truly affects intonation and breadth of sound and various shank tapers allow you to use the same mouthpiece on any trumpet, cornet, flugel or even french horn and trombone. And finally, you can customize aesthetics and efficiency with a variety of stock or custom body components.
Our introductory price in standard sizes is only $100 for each complete set. You may now pre-order your 5MM Modular Mouthpiece on our website with shipping expected to begin in 4 to 6 weeks. Standard size variations include Bach, Yamaha and Schilke sizes with more options coming soon. Custom size variations will be introduced as they are developed.