In 1998 I had just started
my first mechanical engineering job out of school and joined up with the local community band in Lexington,
Kentucky. Most of my engineering graduate studies have revolved
modeling of the trumpet shape, proving out several observations people
had made in the past. However, there was very little work done on the
structure and other aspects not associated with the air-column. After
playing extensively for many years after completing a BA in music, I wanted to continue my engineering masters studies on trumpet acoustics.
1999, I bought my first lathe and made several simple heavy bottom caps
for my trumpet. To be honest, the first goal was purely aesthetic -
change the look of the horn from a traditional horn to a subtly
different modern look. The results were as you might expect - too much
mass in the wrong place is not desirable. But it was a great and fun
start to what has developed into Pickett Brass as we have it today.
several friends mentioned that they'd like some similar trim parts, I made several more sets in various weights. We branched
out to making top caps, stems, and buttons on some CNC machines that matched in appearance
and weight to the newly refined bottom caps. This created something
never before available - a complete and unified trim set that is not
only completely customizable but also functional and beautiful to look
at. We were in business.
Today Pickett Brass uses several state of the
art CNC machines and skilled finishing to produce the world class quality trim sets in a variety of weights and appearances. In
addition, we are applying our years of playing and manufacturing
experience with top professional names in trumpet playing
today to produce truly one of a kind mouthpieces that are second to none in quality and design.
I truly hope you enjoy the craftsmanship and quality that we have developed over the years.
All products are made right here in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
Kristen has been with Pickett Brass since 2007 and handles our business management and finances. She's responsible for keeping everyone happy and paid up!
Feel free to email Kristen
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