Taking "custom" to the next level
I have a tendency to go all the way. If my options include; 1) some effort and thought, 2) more effort and thought, or 3) stretch myself further than I ever thought possible, I will choose the later. I understand why I am like this and it has nothing to do with childhood trauma or an insatiable desire to impress other people. I'm like this because I truly understand the personal and shared rewards of putting all of my mental, physical, emotional, creative, and team effort into creating something better.
With this in mind, I have contemplated discontinuing "custom" orders for many years now. In fact, I nearly stopped taking custom orders in 2013, 2017, and again in 2019. You see, by removing my clients' custom wishes from my schedule, I could be putting more energy into creating custom designs that are far beyond what is possible today. Essentially increasing the quality, creativity, and value of custom instruments by no longer allowing customers to order custom trumpets.
Beginning September 1st, I will officially stop taking custom trumpet orders for the foreseeable future, possibly forever. This will allow me to explore my creative side exponentially more than I am currently. By removing countless hours of re-drawing complicated art from napkin sketches, blurry clip art, and vague descriptions, I can create truly amazing art instruments that play better than they appear. Don't take my word for it, check out my early galleries of artistic trumpets that flowed from my vision through my hands in less time than it takes an indecisive trumpet player to ramble nonsense about waiting too long for custom art from Harrelson trumpets on a Facebook trumpet group.
It's been fun building your custom trumpets, but I cannot wait to move on to the future of Harrelson!
7/20/2021 08:31:22 am
While I’m excited to see what comes of this new (renewed?) direction in your design and production - being curious to see what new steps forward you devise and what those instruments will look and sound like - I can’t help but wonder what this will do for the marketability and interest for your instruments in the global trumpet market. Maybe not a significant concern of yours.
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