Custom Shop 3

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Welcome to volume three. These are all instruments made recently at the Taylor workshop. Some push the boundaries of brass instrument engineering, while some push the artwork envelope. Some may not be to your taste, some may be to your taste. Either way you cannot ignore them.

The Flame Bell

Lets start with a fairly straightforward one, The Flame Bell. We have done three now with this finish on the bell. Very striking when held in the hand. The purple candy over black base shimmers when hit by light and the freehand airbrushed flames almost seem to move as you turn the bell. The logo is an option and in this case done in variegated gold leaf with gold edging.

Flame Bell
Flame Bell

The Petal Bell

Next one is an engineering piece. The Petal Bell. How to create a 9 sided fluted bell stem all the way up to the hand position? Ok, we figured that one! Then how to make the rim like a flower petal? Come on now, did you really think I’d give away how to do this? Add the stunning bell to the already cool shape of the Phoenix Custom. Add matching pearls to finger buttons AND side vented bottom caps, and then finish in vintage tint lacquer. One very cool looking trumpet that grabs attention and plays great as well.

Petal Bell Petal Bell
Petal Bell Petal Bell
Flame Bell

The Phat Sam Flugel

Now we have my favorite, The Phat Sam flugel. Started with a regular Phat boy flugel then had Ty at Pageant Paintwork do the stunning artwork. 20 years ago we did our first custom Shop trumpet. It was the Uncle Sam Chicago Custom with stars and stripes theme and an eagle airbrushed inside the bell. 20 years on I thought it was time to update that concept and do USA themed Phat Boy. We chose the Phat Boy as it not only has the sexy curves but has a bigger canvas on which to apply the artwork. For the technical buffs out there the paint job is a white base coat, then a fine flake applied. Sealed in lacquer then all the artwork is done in coloured candies to allow the flake to show through. When the artwork was completed and final sealing coat of lacquer is applied. The attention to detail on this instrument is simply stunning. The only ‘paint’ is the white base, the rest is all lacquer.



Phat Sam Flugel
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The Phat Sam Flugel

The BBC made a documentary called Scrapheap Orchestra. This was a scrapheap challenge type program to make enough instruments for a whole symphony orchestra to play the 1812 overture at the BBC Proms concert from the Royal Albert Hall London. The challenge was to make them primarily out of scrap material, junk, recycled materials or offcuts. 8 makers were gathered and the filming began. I got the job of doing the trumpets and the tuba. Another renowned brass maker made the Trombones and another for the French Horns. The other 5 makers were for woodwind, strings and percussion. The challenge was completed, the concert took place, and the program was aired. Not so sure the program was about instrument making in the end! But it was very entertaining. Here are few pictures to show input into the project.

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Scrapheap Orchestra Scrapheap Orchestra

The Phat Sam Flugel

I was asked to make a pair of instruments that were themed together. Batman had his sidekick Robin, and in this pairing Robin is the Pocket Rocket to stand next to Batman. We’ve done batman before, but that was a Dark Knight theme Batman. This pair was to be previous generation Batman. This pair sit pride of place in a brass instrument collection on view to the public somewhere in a museum in the USA.

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