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Our 1st generation trumpets were 
developed with Andy Taylor & Matt Martin in England.  Early on, the horns

were being handmade in Andy's shop, 
aside from our customized MAW valve
block, produced by Meinlschmidt in Germany.


We're now making 2nd Generation 

LOTUS Trumpets, which are very different beasts. Working with companies across Europe that specialize in particular

aspects of our operation brings us the highest quality products and services


Our glorious bells are now made by Bernd Sandner in Germany.

We're also working with master machinist 
Marco Febbrari in Brescia, Italy for all our machined parts: leadpipes, receivers,
braces, etc. 

Marco's machined parts have made a huge difference in how well our horns play, which is a very exciting upgrade.

Our assembly is impeccably done by

Mateusz Zeszut & Mikołaj Durka at

ZM Concept in Poland.  

In the USA, our trumpets are assembled at Collins Music Center in Houston, Texas.

Our extended team includes various

European companies for services like

scanning & 3D printing, and consultants

such as renowned acoustic physicist, 

professor Gregor Widholm in Vienna. Meanwhile, Mark Schwartz, "accountant

to the trumpet stars" lends his expertise

to our financial and legal needs from the

comfort of his home in Arizona.  

In the 21st century, geography is no 

barrier. Actually, the distance greatly improves our ability to assemble an all-star team.  And our circle grows everyday with each new LOTUS owner or dealer who falls in love with our instruments, some of whom inevitably 

bring new ideas and requests;  itches that we take pride in scratching

for you.  

You can try a LOTUS Trumpet at your local dealer.  If they don't yet have any trumpets on hand, talk to them and ask them to buy LOTUS trumpets so you can try them.

Another option is to make use of our no-risk return policy, to try a LOTUS trumpet for a whole week in your home, on your gigs, wherever you like.

We hope you'll join us on this international adventure by trying our horns today! 




To design our mouthpieces, we worked 
with the phenomenal team of historical 
brass instrument specialists, Egger in
Switzerland, who also manufactured the
mouthpieces for us until earlier this year.

Rainer Egger, Gert Friedel & Ralf
Masurat are a dream team, and it's been
a huge honor getting to work with them
as an extension of our team, while
leading their efforts in producing 
something quite different from what they
were accustomed. Our combined 
expertise produces magical results.


Nicolo is a fellow obsessive nerd of the

highest order.  He's a skilled engineer and trumpet player, and from our first chat, I knew he was the perfect person with whom to do this work. He's young, already had a great deal of knowledge, and he's full of questions, imagination and he's fantastic at finding solutions.  

It's been a very busy year...  And while my

partner Henrik Grahn has deserved the 

MVP award every day since the beginning

of LOTUS Trumpets, this year's award

goes to Nicolò Perina, who aced the

herculean task of seeing the bulk of our manufacturing moved to Italy.  

Now that we're over the finish line, Marco

Febbrari in Italy is also producing our

2nd Generation LOTUS Mouthpieces.

Our goal has always been to bring

impeccable quality mouthpieces to as

many people as possible.  Marco's incredible shop allows us to drastically reduce our production cost while improving manufacturing quality.

This move lets us fulfill our mission of

making cutting edge, artisanal mouthpieces available at a price even

suitable for children, yet designed to 

turbo-charge the greatest of performers.


There should be no "barrier to entry" 
for anyone to have a mouthpiece that really does make the job easier. 
That mouthpiece should be the standard
from Day 1.


The challenge is... How and where to

produce them at the right price, at scale,

without the common problems of 

inconsistency in mass production,

or the ethical concerns of exploiting

low-wage workers?


Enter Nicolo Perina & Marco Febbrari 🏆

For our mouthpiece relaunch, we've 

done a lot more than just change 

manufacturers. We've spent an

outrageous amount of time and money

on optimizing our designs, introducing 

new models and updating all of our existing models.


We've added material options, and

incorporated the most common requests

and feedback we've received. These are 

undoubtedly better mouthpieces,

and we are in LOVE with them! 


We're also happy to unveil a series of 

mouthpieces created to breathe new life

into your flugelhorn.


A Promise To You From Adam Rapa


"Working with such a wonderful team, united with the purpose of creating the world's greatest trumpets is a dream come true.  It's been an unparalleled pleasure considering every single detail of each horn in our arsenal, and designing many of the features that set LOTUS Trumpets apart.  


I've obsessed over the smallest details of my equipment for decades, and I've had the great fortune of working with some of the brightest minds in the business.  Now, with the LOTUS team, we're bringing to life what I consider to be the ultimate trumpets.


For me, this adventure began as a musician wanting to own my dream trumpets.  And really, that's how it will always be. Every horn we make and sell is a horn I would be proud to personally own. I make every final decision regarding the design of our horns, and I do it by play-testing in controlled experiments that lead to clear answers about what works best for myself and others.  


You have my personal guarantee that there will never be a single difference between the LOTUS trumpets in my case and the LOTUS trumpets in yours. And you'll never find a player with a higher standard than mine. Rest assured, I will always be committed to providing for us both the absolute best possible gear.  Period. 


Meet the LOTUS Team

We're a pretty unconventional company, and that’s what makes us so special.

LOTUS is an international team of partners committed to making the best, easiest playing instruments in the world.





Our two main owners, Adam Rapa and

Henrik Grahn are, respectively, an

American living in the Netherlands and

a Swede living in, well, Sweden. 

The LOTUS operation looks quite different 

from other manufacturers, which gives us 

much more flexibility to produce trumpets &

mouthpieces of impeccable quality.

Without a centralized base of operations, our entire team works remotely,

since well before that became a thing.




Our head engineer, Nicolò Perina lives

in Venice, and our head of customer service,

Charley Wagner is an American living 

in Switzerland.  Both Nicolò and Charley own a piece of LOTUS as well.


That's the very definition of an owner-operated "virtual office" spread across four countries.

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