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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:52 pm    Post subject: Harrelson SpectraTone Mouthpieces Reply with quote

Harrelson seems to have launched a new mouthpiece. I play some of their 5MM stuff and generally like them, but these new pieces seem pretty weird. Lots of big claims, but no concrete info or even comparison to the 5MM system. I'm interested to hear any thoughts on the piece.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they bear a strong resemblance to ACB and Wedge pieces
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harrelson tends to have a lot of big claims.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Harrelson tends to have a lot of big claims.


And fancy quasi-technical names for products.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kalijah wrote:
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Harrelson tends to have a lot of big claims.


And fancy quasi-technical names for products.

Some of the videos or descriptions I've seen remind me of sci-fi shows with the techno-babble.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The price is absurd.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

annvill wrote:
The price is absurd.


Honestly, out of everything the $150 price for a fully modular mouthpiece doesn't stick out as too crazy to me (at least until the Kickstarter deal ends). A Bach Megatone is $115 on Dillon Music. The piece would be more interesting if Harrelson gave some rationale for the unusual body design.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope this thread turns out at least as entertaining as the Monette Unity thread.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that $150 for a modular piece, especially one with that many components, is a fair price
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone else remember Harrelson's early work? It looked like he just glued chunks of metal to horns. His craftsmanship certainly improved, but I think his horns are garbage. One of my colleagues in one of the orchestras here in town uses one and loves it, but I think it's a hunk of junk.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2021 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've owned two Harrelson trumpets, one of which came with a 5MM mouthpiece. The horns and mouthpiece were well made. Seems like he is finding his niche as a "modular" maker and continues to have some interesting ideas regarding regarding the application of mass on mouthpiece/trumpet design.

Regarding cost, $350 is a lot of money for a mouthpiece (from my perspective), but Monette, GR and others have already proven that people will pay that much. Also, I play on Pickett two-piece mouthpieces ($176). I have three tops and two backbores to cover the bases. That's over $500, so I can see how a modular concept could be appealing to some players.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gottfried Reiche wrote:
Anyone else remember Harrelson's early work? It looked like he just glued chunks of metal to horns. His craftsmanship certainly improved, but I think his horns are garbage. One of my colleagues in one of the orchestras here in town uses one and loves it, but I think it's a hunk of junk.

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I remember those days... looked like he took a Bundy trumpet and just soldered fat braces everywhere he could fit one.
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