So... as you probably noticed... I haven't done an update in a while. I was out of town... and the last few times I've sat down to do an update something else has come up. I think I have finally perfected a method for transferring photos from my cell phone to our work pc. Which... sounds pretty easy... unless you try to do it with conflicting wifi and limited cell service. Long story short... here's what we've been doing for a few days.
Jason has been working hard on a custom client order the last few days. This order required him to alter some programming and cut all new parts. This build also features some inlaid coins in the tuning slide and bell crook... which I think are going to look really smart once it's done. Should be ready for Christine to clean up by later today or tomorrow.
Jason and I put the Ultimaker to work starting prototyping bell designs... more information on that to come. Some of the first Dichroic finger buttons went out for a custom order late last week (see the awesome blue stones above). Joe has been working on throats pretty nonstop. He does take breaks every now and then to answer a 5MM question or to fill an order that comes in. The phones have been ringing off the hook and Chrstine no sooner hangs up with one client ... before the phone rings again. It's never dull around here. All yesterday she packed and shipped orders... answered phones... and did finishing work on the demo horn for the showroom which will be on hand for our open house/clinics this weekend. Jason, as I said has been programming a custom build and machining parts for that. Including the custom tuning slide. Other than that he's been helping me with custom engraving projects for orders... and helping Joe troubleshoot issues on the lathe. We also had client and friend Brian Graber in yesterday from New Orleans along with his wife Karin. After they left Joe said to Jason and I... wow what friendly, warm and awesome people... we both said... well... of course... they're from New Orleans.
Our attentions are full speed ahead on finishing 5MM Mouthpiece machining, custom trumpet builds... and hosting our guests. This week we've had one or more visitors every single day... and this weekend we have a full schedule of clinics and shop tours. If you haven't signed up for your spot yet... this is where to do it. Hope to see you there!
Time flies... when you're... busy! We don't have much time to sit around thinking about what comes next... most things happen in fast forward here. Innovation is a constant... and we like it that way. Yesterday Jason and I took delivery on a new Ultimaker 3D Printer. We didn't waste any time setting it up and doing our first test prints. We've had designs for several small parts and tools for many months now... and by the end of day yesterday they were already coming off the new printer. More information on that coming soon.
The focus for the coming days... finishing as much as possible in the way of displays and other touches on the Showroom in time for our Clinics next weekend. Getting the 3D Printer up and running regularly. Finish packaging for shim kits etc. Cut wooden boxes on the laser... oh... and build trumpets, mouthpieces and trim.
Jason and I did some work with inlays this morning as well. Hoping to make major progress in the coming days.
Some things we've all been working on this week...
Monday again already? It seems to have come more quickly this week than usual. That's probably because Jason, Joe and I all worked Saturday. We had visitors picking up a horn from New Mexico on Saturday... so we used that day to get ahead on other projects as well. Today the phone has been ringing off the hook. Fairly typical of a Monday here... but usually not for July. I didn't take a lot of pictures today... we've just been busy with many of our normal tasks... and catching up now that we're all here at the same time after the holidays.
Joe is working on building 5MM Mouthpieces as well as fielding emails and the never ending phone calls today. Christine filled a plating order to go out to Red Sky this morning... she's been packing horns to ship out... answering emails and phone calls and I believe she's hoping to get rim files into Rhino later today. Jason's tapping stems on the lathe and working on some top secret projects to be released this fall. He's also finishing up showroom displays and working on a client trumpet order today. Hoping to complete 3 or more custom trumpets this week to go out. I am working on a number of projects... and focusing my energies towards the open house coming up... and my visit to New Orleans for Satchmo Summerfest! I confirmed an order for our advertising banner at the festival. We're sponsoring Kermit Ruffins and our banner will be on stage for that show. Ironing out last minute details to meet up with clients for the visit. Stay tuned! More information... and more photos tomorrow.
I am back in the office after my summer vacation at the lake with my family and things certainly didn't slow down around the shop. I was back for one day of regroup and then Jason and I headed out the door to the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute. If you don't know much about RMBI I urge you to learn more: www.mendezbrassinstitute.com/general-information/
Jason gave a short clinic on the Physics of Brass Playing at the Institute... There's a video of the presentation on facebook if you're our friend on there. But here's a still shot.
Today Joe is working the show... so that Jason and I can finish a couple of trumpet orders while hosting a visitor from France. We also just had a surprise visit from a family traveling through from Ohio. June and July are usually our slower months here at the shop... but not this year... this has been our busiest summer in the history of the company... with now slow down in sight. Looking forward to delivering amazing custom trumpets for the remainder of the year and catching up on all of our orders. Stay tuned!
Sorry for missing a day... but I have been traveling. Yesterday was very busy at the shop. We have all been pushing to get a few client orders out the door this week. I have spent most of my week in the finishing room cleaning, lapping and assembling horns that came back from plating or that were sprayed with a beautiful coat of Acoustic Armour in house. Each of these orders is different and gorgeous. It has been a lot of fun watching them come together and finally head out the door. I believe there are three going to Detroit... two to one client and one to another, one to Oklahoma, one went to New York City earlier this week and yet another is headed to New Orleans.
Joe is working tirelessly on cutting mouthpiece throats... trying hard to finish as many as possible in this production run before he heads out of town for the 4th of July Holiday. Christine is working with a walk in client this morning as well as fielding phone calls and emails. She will be filling even more 5MM Mouthpiece orders as the day goes on. She and Jason will be working all week next week (save maybe the 4th of July) on completing trumpet orders. I have the week off! WOOOHOO and I am headed to Northern MN with my family... and I can't wait.
I forgot to mention yesterday that we had visitors in the shop all the way from Des Moines IOWA! They worked with Christine to select a custom 5MM Mouthpiece and a Gap Kit. We have a lot of visitors scheduled for this summer and we're hosting an open house the last weekend of July. Click here to Register: http://www.whyharrelson.com/harrelson-open-house--clinics.html
That's Oscar doing what he does best...
And... these are our visitors from IOWA!
Yes it really does take days and many many man and machine hours to produce parts. Throats are the focus this week and we're going full speed ahead! Joe is manning the CNC again today and all of his focus is on that. Christine has been splitting her time between engraving throats, answering phone calls, shipping, emails and filling 5MM Mouthpiece orders that can be completed now that the throats are available for them. I have been working on final assembly again today. I completed another 24K Gold horn this afternoon and Jason just did the final inspection. Jason is finishing up the displays for the showroom and they look amazing. We just had our daily meeting and we're all really impressed. We are all trying to accomplish as much as possible before the upcoming holiday. We have visitors again tomorrow... and at least 2 horns will ship out. Sounds like Joe & Christine will have about 20 more mouthpiece orders completed before all is said and done as well.
Just wanted to let everyone know we do have a Harrelson Trumpets YOUTUBE CHANNEL! You should definitely binge watch that over the holiday break if you're interested in Harrelson Trumpets, our shop and the process of trumpet manufacturing in general.
Happy June 27th! It's another beautiful day in Denver and we're all very busy here at Harrelson Trumpets!
Jason is on day 2 of designing and assembling displays for the showroom on the laser. They're coming out nicely... and we're excited to finally have a way to showcase our various accessories on the walls of the new showroom in an organized fashion. I have heard Jason say more than a few times over the last couple of days... "It's amazing how quickly you can design and cut things on the laser"... when you're used to editing endless lines of code and loading it onto a machine to cut out of metal... this method can seem exponentially more rapid. Hoping to be moving on to spraying Acoustic Armour and then onto horn builds as soon as this project is completed.
Joe is still working hard at tackling the 5MM Mouthpiece throats. There are pages upon pages of throats to cut... and as Joe says.... it can make anyone feel cross-eyed after too long. We're plowing through our inventory and current orders for throats and getting as many done as possible before the 4th of July Holiday.
Christine packed up a trumpet that I finished yesterday... and various other small parts orders. Then she moved on to organizing throats and filling 5MM orders with the new throats Joe is finishing up. So far we've shipped around 20 mouthpieces with this run of throats. Joe & Christine estimate that by the time they're finished with this parts run... they will have shipped a total of 50 custom mouthpiece orders with these new parts. When she isn't doing those things... Christine is answering phone calls and emails today so Joe can concentrate on the CNC.
I am still cleaning and assembling plated and Acoustic Armour horns for delivery. Here you see Jason helping me mask off a horn before lapping the valves and slides. These can take the better part of a day to complete. It's slow going... but can be relaxing... I finished the silver horn today and we'll be setting the inlays and doing a black backfill on the art in the tuning slide either later today or tomorrow morning so we can deliver that to the lucky owner! I have also been organizing our inlays and trim orders. Hoping to set all of the paua you see on the left in finger button tops tomorrow to add to the new showroom displays Jason is creating. The photo top middle is shot from the finishing room. We also had visitors in the shop today all the way from New York. Thanks again for touring the shop! If you'd like to tour the Showroom and the Trumpet Shop please give us a call to make an appointment. We're also having an open house at the end of July! 303-657-2747 for more information.
And, last... but not least... our visitors from this morning! See you all back here tomorrow. If you have specific requests for this News Feed... you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org thanks and have a great night!
Welcome to your daily update! So... I have spent most of my day in the finishing room... so we'll start there. I have been doing final assembly on horns that were treated with Acoustic Armour last week. It's been a lot of fun! It's always so rewarding to see horns really come together. For the first time in the history of me working here at Harrelson Trumpets... I injured myself lapping a tuning slide. Blood, sweat and tears... that's what we're all about... just kidding. Two of these should go out tomorrow morning. One to New York and one to New Orleans! The silver and gold horns I just unpacked and sorted slides. Started work on the silver horn this afternoon and that should be ready to ship tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning. And the same with the gold horn if I can get through them both by early tomorrow afternoon. I have some inlays to set... but won't be getting to those until I finish these horns... hopefully by tomorrow afternoon.
Joe is still plugging away on the mouthpiece throats... and Christine has a list so long... I told her today I was going to try to find her bigger post it notes... the phone has been ringing off the hook all day. She literally sets the phone in the cradle and it rings before it seats. She also worked on processing orders and shipping things today before noon. Now she's engraving mouthpiece throats.
Jason is working hard on designing and prototyping our showroom displays for mouthpieces and trim. These are really coming together... and Jason really has a knack for design and prototyping... not just on trumpets... on all things. I hope I will have some photos for you tomorrow of these on the walls! He's working until late tonight and hopes to have all of his designs laser cut before he leaves.
We're in crunch time... trying to complete as many things as possible before the 4th of July Holiday. We have shop visitors on both Tuesday and Thursday this week as well. Both are being fit for mouthpieces. We have a steady flow of visitors... not just during open houses. This summer we will be open Saturdays from 10-3. If you'd like to stop by... please give us a call and make an appointment so we're sure to be able organize our production schedule to give you the attention we want. Don't forget... we have shop tours and open houses at the end of July! Please register if you plan to attend.
See you back here tomorrow!
Hello out there! We've been really busy here in the shop... which is nothing new... but I've finally had some time to pay attention to little details that have been neglected here and there. Jason and I are working together to simplify the website once again... and in doing so... also update things that have been left behind. This News Feed is one of them! I am going to make it a personal goal to update this every day with photos and a short little bit about what we're working on. Hopefully you'll check back often and feel like you really have an idea what we spend our time doing each week.
So, we had a team meeting today, like we do every day... and this is what we're all working on today.
Joe (pictured top left) is working on the Lathe Machining 5MM Modular Mouthpiece Throats. So far he's devoted a total of 68 machine hours to this portion of mouthpiece production... and yes, that's on this parts run alone. We're machining a total of 125 varieties of throat sizes in this run... and if you do the math that's about 1200 individual pieces.
Christine (pictured lower right) is hand engraving sizes on all of those throat parts. We're hoping to invest in a laser engraver soon to take this step out of the process. And... as you can see, she is also answering phone calls and assisting clients with their orders and questions while she's engraving.
Jason has been devoting today to redesigning a system we have for displays in our showroom and cutting them on the laser. We are having 2 open houses this summer... and we're hoping to put all of the finishing touches on our showroom before the first one in July. He spent the last few days spraying Acoustic Armour on a few clients custom built horns... pictured top right. We're really excited about this new finish and will be releasing other colors in the coming months.
Jen (that's me and I am not in any of the pictures... haha... I take them so I don't have to be in them) ... I am working on this News Feed. I am also working on coordinating with Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans. Every year we build a custom Satchmo Trumpet and donate the proceeds of that custom instrument to the festival. If you don't know about it you should really find out more about it! It's a completely FREE Festival in New Orleans every August... and it's devoted to Louis Armstrong, his music and his legacy. Check it out: http://fqfi.org/satchmo This year... we were going to try to do a raffle for the trumpet... but the logistics of this ended up being more than we could figure out in limited amounts of time. So... this year we're sponsoring a musician's performance instead. Sounds like we'll be sponsoring Kermit Ruffins. (A client of ours) Personal bragging side note... his latest album features one of our horns on the cover... (one he owns) and I took the picture! See below... you can order it here: https://www.basinstreetrecords.com/artists/kermit-ruffins/ I also just booked my travel for my trip to the festival. I will be meeting with clients. Documenting the festival with photos and a blog... and just generally having a blast celebrating the city of New Orleans and the musicians there... many of which are our clients and friends.
One last thing... shameless plug... check out my blog here: www.whyharrelson.com/jens-blog
This is where I will be posting all about the festival... and doing client interviews on a weekly basis!
Announcing our latest advancement in the 5MM Modular Mouthpiece System. The "Compression Throat" designs outlined below will definitely improve clarity, attack and stability in the upper register for everyone.
Compression Series Throats offer more front end to the attack. Great for lead or situations where the attack is more important.
"C" series - bright and loud with a balance of depth and ease in upper register
"E" series - extremely bright and loud, easiest in upper register
"H" series - aids in upper register while remaining big and full
This 1-minute video gives you a taste of what is possible with Compression!
The 5MM Throat regulates air flow and is a major factor in the harmonic overtone color produced by our 5MM Modular Mouthpiece System.
Order your 5MM here or your Compression Throats here
Most standard mouthpieces have throat measurements in the range of .145 to .165 with an end diameter of .20 to .22 inches. A 3C is typically .147 by .21 inches and is designated as F147.21 as in the example illustration above.
Not sure which size throat you need? Call us and we'll make recommendations based on your specific performing needs. 651.330.7774
Understanding the numbers
B-120-20 designates the smallest diameter of .120" and an end diameter of .200" (matches Cup B, this is a small throat suitable for lead work)
F-145-21 designates the smallest diameter of .145" and an end diameter of .210" (matches Cup F, this is a medium throat suitable for all around playing)
H-170-22 designates the smallest diameter of .170" and an end diameter of .220" (matches Cup H, this is a large throat suitable for ballads and Mahler's 5th symphony)
We recommend experimenting with throats of various sizes to achieve your desired tone color for each performing situation. Smaller diameter values produce a more focused tone while medium sizes offer vibrancy and warmth and large throats minimize projection producing a pleasant cello-like velvet tone. You may experiment with any diameter variations listed as they are all regular stock items. Change Throat sizes in seconds and see for yourself how this one factor will help you fine tune air flow, color, projection and intonation.
Throat "length" should match the Cup "depth" value
Throat "exit diameter" should match the Backbore "initial diameter"
Purchase a 5MM and get FREE upgrades through 12/31/2015
(promotion applies to in-stock inventory only)
Just tell us you saw this promotion to receive your choice of the following upgrade options at no charge:
1) 2 additional Throats
2) 1 additional Cup
3) 1 additional Backbore
Order your 5MM Modular Mouthpiece
Harrelson Modular Mouthpieces are now shipping in most standard sizes. Most customers start with something close to their current setup with Cup shape, Throat diameter and Backbore variations. Need help with sizes and options? We're here to help. Call us at 651.330.7774 or email email@example.com to discuss your needs with Jason or Christine.
Already ordered a 5MM?
Everyone with a 5MM currently on order may choose to add extra parts from either of the following upgrade options at no charge:
1) 1 Cup + 1 Throat + 1 Backbore
2) 2 Throats + 1 Backbore
Email us your preferences or simply state, "larger" or "smaller" and we will include these with your order before it ships.
Harrelson Trumpets very own Christine Palmer rocked the main stage at the Minneapolis Pride Festival on Sunday with her the all girl funk sensation Pocket Watch! Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/WatchingThePocket/timeline
And a few more... and the last blog write up I did on them as well... http://whyharrelson.weebly.com/jens-blog/its-about-time-pocket-watch
David Richards, a Harrelson Client and friend, has launched a new radio program called Music Bizz Radio. This week his guests are Harrelson heavy. David is a Harrelson artist and his guests this week... Arturo Sandoval and Jeremy Pelt are as well. Jason will also be on the program later this week... tune in here: http://www.davidrichardstrumpet.com/music-bizz-radio.html
We've had a lot of inquiries lately about our original "Where Science Meets Sound" Tshirts... we now have them in stock. Get yours here:
Now you can wet your whistle in style... with a sexy Harrelson Trumpets water bottle. Just $10. Get yours here:
The Adjustable Gap Receiver is now included with every Summit series instrument and the new Bravura Flugelhorn. Also included are two sets of Inserts; one set in .350 venturi inside diameter in 9 lengths and the second set in your choice of custom venturi and length dimensions.
Available in your choice of tapered or cylindrical profiles in two diameters that match our 5MM Modular Mouthpiece giving your trumpet and mouthpiece a seamless integral appearance.
Read more about the AGR options and advantages on the Adjustable Gap Receiver page.
Jason reviews the AGR and discusses options and practical use in the video below...
Harrelson Trumpets was featured on Florida's own PBS station WPBT2 this month in a new episode of Art Loft 303. Get an inside look at our Denver location as Jason Harrelson gives you an overview of how he builds Harrelson Trumpets one at a time to meet the needs of his diverse clientele including Joshua Trinidad of Denver, Colorado.
We are now offering an inside look at how Jason Harrelson designs, builds and tests Harrelson instruments and accessories. Discover how trumpets are made right here in the USA by your neighbors in Minnesota and Colorado!
Jennifer Sandquist has been at Harrelson Trumpets since it's inception. Jen spends much of her time on marketing, photography and client spotlights. She has recently started CAD design and CNC machining for custom art on horns and trim. When she's not at Harrelson Trumpets... Jen loves to travel, see live music and follow creative pursuits of all kinds.