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2017 VPS Summit - Bb/C
Summit Midnight Bb VPS Trumpet
Midnight Acoustic Armour:
Metallic Matte Black
Key of Instrument:
5MM Modular Mouthpiece:
Any size included
Upgrade to 11pc Kit [Add $100.00]
Upgrade to 19pc Kit [Add $300.00]
A (taper 5/8")
B (double taper 5/8")
C (quick double taper 5/8")
D (quick double taper 3/4")
E (taper 3/4")
F (triple taper 3/4")
Venturi Gap Receiver:
Receiver 1 (R1) - 3/4" Taper
Receiver 2 (R2) - 3/4" Cylindrical
Receiver 3 (R3) - 5/8" Cylindrical
Receiver 4 (R4) - 5/8" Taper
Personal Text (choice of font)
SUMMIT (Mountain font)
SUMMIT (Mountain) JH Signature
SUMMIT (standard font)
SUMMIT (standard) JH Signature
1 - most common size
2 - very open
3 - very tight
4 - medium large
6 - tight
7, 8, 9, 10 - very open
8 - extremely large taper
SWE Tuning Slide:
A - standard shape
D - added mass
R - ripples [Add $100.00]
Machined SWE Bell Crook D [Add $600.00]
Machined SWE Bell Crook R [Add $700.00]
Rings (Thumb & Third):
Ergonomic Leadpipe Ring, Hook, Rest:
Ergonomic (no rest)
Hook with Rest
Ring with Rest
Top Brace Markings:
Custom Engraving (top), standard bottom
Harrelson, LP, Bell, Date
Harrelson, Summit, LP, Bell, Date
LP, Bell, Date (underside only)
Mod Kit Finger Buttons:
Extra Wide no Inlay
Extra Wide w/Inlay
Standard Concave no Inlay
Standard Flat no Inlay
Standard Flat w/Inlay
Mod Kit Top Caps:
1/2" Recessed Style
Mod Kit Bottom Caps:
1" - Grooves [Add $50.00]
1" - Tapered Grooves [Add $50.00]
1/2" - medium
3/4" - heavy
3/8" - light
Third Slide Stop:
Midnight Acoustic Armour
Substitute Brushed 24k Gold plate [Add $1,095.00]
Substitute Brushed Brass for Summit Midnight [Add $100.00]
Substitute Brushed Silver [Add $100.00]
Please note: We have changed the finishing options on the Summit Midnight to include our new Acoustic Armour coating, which is considerably more durable than the original Midnight lacquer. You may choose from gloss black, matte black or a matte metallic black finish as of 2017.
The New Voice in the Jazz Trumpet world - Midnight
The Summit Midnight Trumpet offers the largest bell taper ever produced on a Bb trumpet. The #8 bell taper is almost twice the size of a standard bell producing a sound so broad, dark and unique that your jaw will literally drop. The Summit Midnight plays with a beautiful broad tone that rivals a full size cello. Imagine sounding bigger than a Summit Jazz (or much bigger than a vintage Martin Committee) with perfect intonation, flexibility and superior dynamic range. Easily distinguishable in appearance and sound from any other trumpet in Jazz today.
Your choice of options built with the Midnight Bell, based on your playing preferences.
Welcome to the future of brass instrument design
The new 2016 VPS Summit line is here, ready to take your performance to the next level.
If efficiency, versatility and personal fit are priorities in your trumpet search, then read on.
You have just discovered the ultimate source for comprehensive solutions to brass playing challenges. We eliminate the guess work and frustration of finding, fitting and purchasing new equipment. And we guarantee you will love everything you own marked "Harrelson".
Have you ever wondered why the upper register on one trumpet is easier than another trumpet?
We know why this happens. In fact, we developed the Variable Performance System (VPS) to address this very problem. We guarantee you will find the correct VPS setting to fit your playing preferences in a matter of minutes. Does this sound too good to be true? Over 20 years of Research and Development has been invested in Harrelson VPS solutions. We studied the physics, we did the math and we produce the results!
How do we build trumpets that play easier?
Standing Wave Efficiency (SWE) is the name of the game when it comes to building trumpets that play easier. The VPS Summit model literally plays with less effort. If you struggle to play your highest notes on your current equipment, then two minutes playing the VPS Summit will reveal your instrument is in fact losing energy, thus forcing you to work harder. Why work harder when you could be making more music?
How is the VPS Summit made?
We build Harrelson trumpets embracing 21st century manufacturing techniques. Innovating with the latest technology, CAD software and modern CNC machinery, we cut almost every component of our instruments and accessories from solid brass round and billet stock. We are the only manufacturer in the world to employ these technologies and techniques. From the beginning in 1995, our vision has explored new technologies to improve the playability, versatility and personal preferences available to the trumpet player. We are the latest true innovators in the beautiful tradition of trumpet making.
Innovation is everything at Harrelson Trumpets
Our trumpets are designed, built and tested by Jason Harrelson, founder and owner of Harrelson Trumpets. Jason's perspective as a professional trumpet player and his work with thousands of the best trumpet players in the world as a mouthpiece, accessories and instrument builder has given him immense feedback and insight into approaching the challenges of brass playing. He has specifically designed the Variable Performance System to meet the needs of each individual player regardless of where they are in their quest for musical expression.
We produce the only
VGR in the world
Our extensive research on Standing Wave Efficiency and the Variable Performance System led to the development of the integral Venturi Gap Receiver. This breakthrough innovation allows the player to adjust air flow, resistance, flexibility and slotting to any possible setting in seconds. Now you can fine tune your setup to fit you as an individual. And as your preferences grow with your ability, you can fine tune again and again with no need to ever purchase another instrument.
We are the sole source for SWE Technology
Harrelson VPS Summit models produce the highest efficiency of any custom trumpet in the world. This is a result of more than twenty years of research into our proprietary SWE Technology. The cross section of every machined component including the receiver, leadpipe, tuning slide, bell crook, braces, caps, finger rings and buttons have been carefully designed to preserve more of the sound wave than conventional instruments. In fact, our trumpets play so much easier that most people are in disbelief upon their first time playing a VPS Summit model.
Where are Harrelson Trumpets built?
All of our instruments, Mod Kits, accessories and 5MM mouthpieces are built in Denver, Colorado. After all these years, Jason Harrelson has remained true to his passion for building the highest quality musical instruments possible. He supervises or builds every single mouthpiece and accessory. And he personally builds every single brass instrument. With the help of two shop assistants, our team thoughtfully produces and finishes your instrument with meticulous precision and care to exceed your expectations. The name Harrelson is synonymous with the highest quality, precision and playability in the world today.
Visiting our Denver Location
We are located in Denver allowing you to schedule a visit to play test a VPS Summit at your convenience. The advantages of visiting include getting hands on experience with our extensive line of options, discussing your playing preferences with Jason, Jen, Joe or Christine in person for a personal fit and experiencing true Harrelson hospitality. We are truly a small team that is much more like a family that grows with every new member of our clientele.
Key of Bb
SWE Tuning Slide in style A, D or R
SWE Bell Crook in style A, D or R (additional $600 charge)
Trim finish options: Brushed or Polished (with plating only)
Valveset: Monel Pistons/Brass Casings
Leadpipe: Choice of 10 Leadpipes each with custom venturi sized to your preferences
Bell: Midnight #8 bell
Mouthpiece Receiver: choice of engraving
Finger Rings: choice of Ergonomic, Cylindrical 1/3" or Cylindrical 1/2"
3rd Slide Stop: Ball Spring or Screw included
Water Keys: choice of Harrelson, Saturn or Amado
Trim Kit: choice of 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4" or 1" in solid or grooves variations
Inlays: choice of Paua, Black Onyx, Turquoise, Tiger Eye, Sodalite, Aventurine, Mother of Pearl and Black Pearl
5MM Modular Mouthpiece: Included in any size
Case: Not Included
Jason Harrelson personally builds every trumpet to each client's specifications. We currently average 50 to 70 orders at any given time. Please call us at 651.330.7774 for an approximate wait time, which ranges from 3 to 6 months on most orders. Thank you!
12 Innovations exclusive to Harrelson Summit models
VPS Venturi Gap Receiver System - adjust air flow, flexibility, slotting in seconds
VPS 5MM Modular Mouthpiece - available in every size & variation to fit every individual player
Physics-based design principles
Standing Wave Efficiency Technology
Precision CNC Machined components - Leadpipe, Tuning Slide, Bell Crook, Receiver, Bracing, Caps & Buttons
SWE Tuning Slide - the most efficient in the world
SWE Bell Crook - the most efficient in the world
VPS Modular Adjustable Finger Rings - coming this winter, adjust position and change styles in seconds
VPS SWE Mod Kit - Modern - Modular - Modify, hundreds of custom modular options available
Advanced water key designs - Pollard, Saturn & Harrelson
Personal consultation with every client - we will work with you to determine the best fit for your needs
12-month Guarantee on every trumpet - includes full exchange for a new configuration
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