My goal as a trumpet maker is to make a horn that is responsive, has good feedback, has a wide colour palette, and most importantly feels like you are not playing a trumpet at all.
The balance between a horn that gives lots of feedback and one that projects across an audience is vital, not only to being able to survive long gigs, but also to developing your personal voice on the instrument. The horn should be dark and mellow when you want it to be, but also should be able to shoot fireballs on command (musically, not literally of course...).
Below is a photo of my two prototype trumpets. Both have their own characteristics, but also play wonderfully. These prototypes have silver-plated Bronze bells. My production bells are 5" unplated bronze bells handmade for me in Germany by a very reputable bell maker. I currently do not have the facilities large enough to house bell making machinery, so until I can expand, I will be using bells that are made to my specs.
One of my other goals on this journey is to learn more about photography and video making so you can get a great view in to the process of trumpet making. Videos of each step of the trumpet making process will be coming shortly.