I enjoy the art of trumpet playing as well as the art of trumpet building. So in the spirit of creating art, I introduce special limited edition trumpets every year. This could be the golden year for new offerings!
The Summit One model has been incredibly popular and for good reason. It plays extremely well and it really catches your eye. I have other numbered special edition Summit models coming including the Zero, which is a binary tech trumpet. And the Summit Two, which is almost organic with smooth hole transitions throughout.
And today I am unveiling the Summit Vines, which I created after studying a large body of Celtic artwork. The photo above shows the very first Celtic Vines bracing, which I made earlier today. After machining, I carefully sanded the braces and filled the background with brass dust (of which I have plenty!) to temporarily give the design depth. The finished design will be back-filled with your choice of black wax or one of a variety of permanent acrylic colors. Matching components will include finger rings, finger buttons, top caps, tuning slide and possibly the receiver and 5MM mouthpiece.
The Vines will be offered in at least three variations including;
I have designs for a simpler version of the Vines theme with real hardwood inlays in Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Ash. We'll see how much time I set aside for these "art" projects as this type of work requires considerably more time and mental focus.
Special thanks to Rick Swann for encouraging me to pursue this huge project. Rick has been very patient waiting a considerable length of time for his new Harrelson trumpet. His vision happened to coincide with my Vines design which was originally sketched in 2004.
I would also like to thank all of my Summit Art and Bravura Flugelhorn clients who have exhibited a great deal of patience over the past two years. You will soon see your custom art come to life here on the HT website and my blog!
The gallery of photos above shows the CNC machining of Summit Vines Celtic top bracing. I spent around 20 hours drawing this design that fits perfectly into a new brace shape designed specifically for Vines. There are 316 individual "vine" segments and leaves in each brace and nearly one million lines of cnc programming code required to cut the pair of braces.