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ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
Musical Instrument Master Craftsman, Michael T. Corrigan (of 'Best American Craftsmen' Custom Musical Instruments) and musician Elliot Mason (of Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis) have embarked on a quest to create the finest Jazz Trombone ever developed. Using the unique and creative perspective of one of the finest trombonists in the industry paired with the passion and dedication Corrigan has for handcrafting true pieces of art, this duo threatens to develop one of the finest musical instruments of all time. You have the opportunity to help us realize our vision and develop this dream.
We have created this Kickstarter project in an effort to obtain some very specialized and unique tooling to craft this new trombone. Because our concepts are so unique this specialized tooling would allow us to work with special materials that have previously never been utilized in the trombone world. It would allow us to push any boundaries previously established in the industry.
Over the past decade Mike Corrigan has devoted his life to learning about and preserving a unique art form. Brass instrument manufacturing is quickly dying out in an age where production has primarily moved overseas for a majority of the industry. Corrigan shares a passion with his good friend and trombone phenom Elliot Mason. Together, their ideas are revolutionary. With a modern approach from both the perspective of artist and craftsman, the duo dreams of developing the finest trombone ever created -- in every aspect imaginable! With Kickstarter and your assistance, we can realize that dream and produce a monumental advance to the instrument that will be heard for generations.
Now is your opportunity to help preserve a dying craft and help put a superior piece of equipment in the hands of one of the world's most talented musicians. With a musician such as Mr. Mason, you'll have many opportunities over the years to hear the benefit of your pledge on the radio, on T.V., and on recordings that are sure to go down in history.
When a musical instrument is created there is a certain amount of satisfaction the craftsman experiences when the first notes are sounded. This feeling certainly can not be measured. The bond a craftsman has for this instrument is closely paralleled by the musician whom it was made for. For a musician, possessing the right piece of equipment allows them to most accurately amplify the sound they possess inside.
This project isn't simply about 'making a trombone.' It's about providing one of the finest trombones players in the world with the right tools to provide the magical sound he possesses. The concepts behind what we want are just not available today. Using Elliot's innovative approach to playing with Mr. Corrigan's vision for how he wants to approach the design of achieving that instrument, we know we can realize our dream.
With the funds from this Kickstarter Campaign, we will be able to pay for the tooling and materials needed to develop this new and unique custom trombone. Anyone who supports our mission will be able to share a portion of that bond formed between Corrigan and Mason and the trombone we create.
If we realize our goal to develop this new instrument, we will document the project the whole way. From the nuts and bolts of creating the instrument, to the testing in the studio and on stage, you'll be able to follow us on our journey!
Any amount you are willing to donate will go a long way to make the project happen - even if it's just $5-$10! And by all means, we won't love you less if you give more. :)
WHAT WE NEED:
To accomplish the instrument we have envisioned, we are in need of some very specialized equipment that must be custom made for our purpose. In addition we need tooling, materials, and to bring Elliot to Kansas during the final phases of completing the instrument to play test our final components.
Tools needed include:
Bell Seam Roller: One of our biggest necessities. This will allow us to work with alloys of any thickness. Typically brass instruments are crafted with alloys of (.016"-.025") This custom-built machine would allow us to work with materials on any thickness up to (.250")
Bell Stem Mandrel: We have a unique taper developed for this new trombone. This mandrel is essential for the production of our bell.
Bell Flare Mandrel: Elliot's trombone has an extraordinary removable bell flare. This mandrel would allow us to create an amazing array of different bell flares that would be interchangeable.
Full Bell Mandrel: This will allow us to also spin a fully crafted hand-hammered bell to the specific french tapers we've developed.
Customized Machine Parts: Because of several non-traditional ideas we have, the need for producing certain aspects of the instrument on a CNC machine will greatly assist us arriving to the final product we have conceived.
Upgraded Metal Spinning Lathe: Because we will be working with some incredibly thick materials when creating this instrument, we will need to upgrade the capacity of the machine we currently possess.
Special Formulated Raw Materials: With the unique bell design we will be making the bell for this instrument, we want to experiment with some new alloys of materials that have not been utilized in the musical instrument industry.
We have just over 30 days to raise the funds for this project. If we are able to meet our goal of $40,000 we'll be able to create our vision. We would plan the world debut of this instrument in conjunction with a performance in the Kansas City area some time in 2012, and will invite everyone who has contributed to join us for a celebration. If we don't meet this goal, you'll get the money you pledged back and we won't be able to realize our full vision.
SPREAD THE WORD!
I want this project and the creative process behind it to be shared far and wide, so PLEASE help me spread the word! Embed this video or link on your Facebook page, your Twitter account, email it to family/friends/even your enemies...of course, word of mouth is always best and the more people you can share the project with the better chance we have of meeting our goal and sharing our vision with you!
Thanks so much for considering supporting us on our quest! We look forward to unveiling the newest advancement in the world of trombones!!
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Project location: Olathe, Kansas & New York, New York