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I wanted to let you know that the Alex 103 arrived today, safe and sound! It is really beautiful. I think the horn, playing and sound-wise, is fantastic, and you were entirely accurate in your assessment of it. It really does play like a dream, and the sound is just what I was looking for - warm, mellow, silky smooth, with just enough brightness but not too much. And talk about notchy - I love it! All the notes seem to slot right into place, and the high G is about the best one I've ever played on a horn. The only thing that I have found that is a little on the quirky side is the range around middle C (written). The D above, the C and a couple of notes below are a little difficult to get a nice core to the sound, I am finding, but everything below is fine. I know this is where many people have a break, but I have pretty strong chops in this range and on down, being known as a low horn player, so I am trying to figure out how to negotiate this region. So, I tried playing Bb horn in this area and it sounds fantastic - a very even transition and actually better than the F side. Am I nuts, or is this common on these horns? I seem to recall the new one I played (for ten minutes) a few weeks back at the conference was a little fuzzy in this area too. I used to avoid Bb horn at all costs in this register (I guess the way I was taught) but I think I actually prefer it on this horn. Otherwise, I love the horn - and the more I play it today the more I am getting comfortable with it and discovering what a great horn it is. You were absolutely right about this horn, and thanks so much for taking the time and patience with me to find the right horn! And please let me know if you ever come across a natural horn - that's next on the list. (after I win the lottery, of course!)
Thanks again, and all the best,
Just to let you know the horn (Paxman single F alto descant) arrived safely today, in one piece with no wrinkles or dings. It certainly is cute. I'll spend time wrangling the intonation, but that's always the case with descants. Anyway, good doing business with you. I'll be checking your website, though I'm strictly forbidden to buy another horn for at least a year. Do, however, let me know if you stumble across one of those Dennis Brain rigs.
Hope you're feeling 100% again.
With all Best Wishes,
PS Thanks for the CD present. Most kind.
Wanted to really get to grips with my new horn before I wrote to you. What a difference! The Holton takes so much more air than my old horn... Lol It took a bit of getting used to, but now that I have, I really like it. I'm totally loving the duck foot and the pinky hook is the most comfortable one I've ever experienced. My teacher says I've improved significantly over the past few months..... Is it the horn, is it me or is it our pairing? Who knows, I'm just happy I'm sounding better
The horn has arrived safely to its destination. Thank you once again for making this deal possible and for all the trouble for it to arrive before the end of this week. It’s has been a true pleasure to work with you. You're a true gentleman, can't thank you enough for all the trouble you went to meet our needs.
Best wishes and looking forward to making future deals with you.
We are tracking it! It is on a truck to be delivered here in Brentwood TN already! That is crazy fast! We are just hanging around our house waiting for it! I think it will be here today. I just can’t believe how quick FedEx is.
This is better than Christmas!
Hi there again!
It is here! We saw the FedEx truck from a distance! We sat by the front door waiting. Roman ran out to let the delivery truck know our house. It was a funny picture, because it suddenly started a downpour of rain! The FedEx guy brought it to the front door.
Roman helped gently and carefully cut the box open! He gently cut the tape off the case. Gabriella’s face lit up and she is playing it right now. She says, “OMG!!! Amazingness. It is so much easier to play! What a pretty sound!” She said “ WOW! The high notes are so easy!!!”
It really is beautiful! Thank you for the mute and the “prezzie” I can’t wait for her to be able to play that Horn Concerto!
I will send pix soon!
Gabriella took her Holton single horn back to the music store from which we rented for two years. They were not very friendly about it and continued to try to sell us a used Jupiter for $4500. They were not happy to hear that we purchased a horn elsewhere and they did charge us $50 for the mouthpiece! I was rather surprised at the dismissive attitude they had, as if because we weren’t buying a horn right now from them, we ceased to exist as a customer or client in any way! Very poor attitude and service. And SNOBS!
You are so different. I know that even had I not purchased a Horn from you, you would have been friendly and helpful. Because you love what you are doing and are a very nice person, it seems that all your dealings reflect those qualities. Someday, when Gabriella wants an even bigger step up, we will surely be in contact! I would recommend you to anyone – even though you are overseas. I think the three-year guarantee, re-conditioning, consultation, and support definitely warrant the extra shipping expense and time.
Gabriella has been spending time with her new “Baby” and exploring possibilities with it. My husband and the kids took it to her teacher for a look/listen last evening. He was very happy to see it, as it was the Horn he wanted, but was unable to purchase years ago.
So, thank you very much for everything you have done for us!
We will surely keep in touch.
Julie and Family,
Dear Alan, my horn is amazing! I can't stop playing it ( I haven't stopped since Christmas Day). It sounds so lovely and is perfectly sized for my small hands. It is so much easier to play than the old one ( not very good one) that I am used to.
What I especially love is that it has a lot of useful features like the feet on the bottom of the case, it is amazing how much of a difference this makes. Also the hand rest underneath the valves is brilliant as it is teaching better hand positioning in a very subtle way.
I really appreciate the effort you put in, servicing it and making it just for me play straight away.
We have been searching for months through the tapes and cd's to try and find a horn concerto, and now we found one (the one you gave me) from your wonderful group the Absent Soloists. I have listened to it at least twice already!
Thanks a lot Alan it is really appreciated,
Thank you again,
Charlie Hyland from Buxton.
Dear Mr Wiltshire,
Well what can I say...this is the GREATEST HORN EVER!!!! It's absolutely everything I've ever wanted and more, thank you so much for your terrific help and business. There is no better way to say it other than I am in Love! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
This horn is magnificent!!! What an incredible, beautiful sound. I LOVE the sound of this horn, and it is far more than I had hoped for. I didn't think such a sound would ever be possible for me. I just can't say enough about this horn.
Do you know if we can obtain a right-handed French horn? I play in a prestigious band in the US that has a 135 year old history and our lead horn player had an accident this weekend with a table saw, and no longer has fingers on his left hand. We as a band are hoping to find a right-handed horn for him to use, because he loves to play. Do you know where we could find a professional quality right-handed French horn?
[So these wonderful guys bought their 1st horn player a superb right-handed horn from us, an Alexander 103 - hAp.]
It was really good to meet you yesterday, Oliver and I felt that we had enjoyed a great day out as well as acquiring a beautiful horn for Olly. He is thrilled with the Holton and apart from last night when we were out, has been playing it almost non-stop – it is a fabulous sounding horn.
PS: You are very welcome to use my comments – I should have mentioned the wonderful taxi ride in the Rolls-Royce too!
Estelle Johnson & Olly,
It's Julian Mak who bought a Paxman 35 from you about a month ago. Sorry I haven't replied about the horn, I was enjoying it too much and I forgot about it! Feel free to use this as a customer feedback if it is of any use.
Horn has arrived. Fantastic!
Tim Laughlin, UK
Ken Turner, 4th Horn
South Carolina Philharmonic
F side sounds fab on lower notes!
One last thing is that the Absent soloists CDs are great - thanks very much.
Many thanks for all your help in getting this horn - been a long struggle but well worth it !
Alan, I have to tell you... I love this horn the more I play on it. My lip is definitely not in playing condition right now, I cannot wait to get the lip in playing condition so I can really appreciate the qualities this horn brings to the conversation! By the way, best valve action I have ever experienced... very smooth, quiet, and fast.
Oh, I almost forgot. Thank you for the gift. I will enjoy the CD's. Thanks so much Alan, I will definitely refer your service as circumstance permits... I could not be happier with the horn.
Greetings from Girona.
All the best,
Thank you Alan!
I have attached a photo of my (recently polished) Hoyer. I love it, and I think it's brilliant. I could definitely recommend hornsaplenty to anyone. Thank you so much for such excellent service.
Johnson City, USA
I received my horn yesterday, and am very pleased with it. A nice coincidence that after all that unplanned delay with the money it actually arrived on my birthday! Thank you as well for your very kind present, which will be put to very good use. All your help in choosing and buying the horn has been much appreciated, as well as all the various tips and information you've provided me with, and I'm grateful to you for being so patient and helpful in working with AYM.
Norman C Greenberg,
Just to let you know, the Alex arrived today. And what do I think? Well it's the same horn in appearance and that's where everything changes when I put it to my lips. It blows beautifully - lovely big, fat, rich sound. The Alex sound of olden days only much, much better. Top register is super. I played it during lunch hour and didn't want to put it down. Middle reg is pure, smooth and round and pedal notes really strong and powerful, as I discovered after blasting out that low bit from Shostakovich 5. Valves move like lightening so all in all you have done a superb job on my Alex. I'm really pleased with the work done so roll on next band and orchestra practice. Best of luck to you both in the future. You are very welcome to use this as a testimonial if you wish... PS.. Tone blob is a great addition in aiding tone projection and volume. What more could I want?
Regards for now,
I am very happy with the horn, you provide a very useful service to the community. Please feel free to use me as a reference.
Hope you had the best of Christmas and the new year.
Just had to email you straight away and tell you that I do not recognise the horn! Whose is it? It is so fantastic to play on, that it must belong to someone else ;-)
Hello Mr. Wiltshire,
Regards from Switzerland,
Spencer loves the way it sounds, and so do we.
Many thanks for your work!
I got my horn a few weeks ago, and honestly, I was too busy to sit down and
Hi again, Alan!
I wanted to thank you again for all of your help finding the right horn for my daughter. We bought her horn (a Yamaha) in late October of 2005 and she has been delighted with it from the first time she played it. She was a beginner at the time we purchased her horn but we noticed that she seemed to have a lot more confidence with her abilities once she started playing the Yamaha. She seems to learn much easier than her classmates, especially in the higher range. We think that is probably the horn. You explained that the right horn would make a difference.
I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who either needs help or wants to purchase an instrument – you have been kind, considerate and helpful from day one – thank you. I wish you well with your business and will no doubt be speaking to you in the future as Sean goes for an upgrade – when he can pay for it himself!!!!!
I very much enjoyed my trip to Gloucester a week ago, and of course the outcome! I have delayed getting in touch again as I wanted to be able to tell you about the chamber music day I had on Saturday - the new instrument's first real outing. It was fantastic - and I didn't do too badly either! Large quantities of music were consumed between 9.30 and 6.00! Spohr Nonet, Mozart E flat & C minor octets, Beethoven Octet (2nd horn with all those arpeggios), Ravel Tombeau de Couperin (arr for wind dectet), and Mozart Piano & Wind Quintet to finish!!
Hi there Alan!
My ToneBlob arrived in the post today, and is excellent! Even in the few minutes playing I’ve done so far, I’ve noticed a great improvement – a real confidence boost!
I've been missing my computer for a few days, completely crashed and had to go to the "data hospital." But now that I have it back, I want to tell you more just about what I love about this horn. I know you realize this stuff, but bear with me because I really want you to know why I am so happy. First, and this sounds a bit arrogant, sorry, I didn't know I could play so well. No more fishing expeditions! That's what nice note centers will do for you, huh? It is so responsive as well. The lower register, what I'm currently capable of reaching, comes out SO much easier and speaks so much better.
Thanks again so much!
I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying the Alex 107. I bought it from you a few months ago but only recently had the chance to play it in an orchestra. A friend of mine was conducting Beethoven 7 and asked me to play. I had a wonderful time! The Alex is so solid I didn't miss a single high B! I had some trusted colleagues in the audience who assured me I had a great sound and good intonation. They also said I made the high notes seem effortless. As a longtime 8D player that was something I had never heard. I am still getting used to the horn but so far everything is working beautifully. I can't wait to take some auditions with it.
Thanks again for all of your help in choosing and buying this horn.
The horn arrived today and I just love it! You were right in describing it as free-blowing. I'm very pleased with it being in such good tune across the sides of the horn. It truly is a gem. Thank you so much for all of your help. Having the two bells really will be a kick. I can't wait to go where I usually play and see the difference between the two, as it is even pretty obvious in my living room.
Just to say that the ToneBlob is everything I expected; my lower register, which has always been compromised in tone and power, is now being regularly referred to in a most complimentary manner. I have more carrying power, the tone is rock solid with no wavering in pitch at higher dynamic levels and the instrument really feels like a big brother Alex double in some respects. I play a lot of work in ensemble with church organs and large congregations (in sometimes confined seating circumstances) and my baby Alex single Bb/A(+)/F ext is punching above its weight now and being heard, and powerfully.
Thank you so much for making these indispensable accessories available to us all...
Thanks very much for the service you do. I really like the ToneBlob and I think that it will be a factor in my recovery from several years of not playing.
All the best,
I just wanted to let you know that Max received his horn just a couple of days after our last contact. He is soooooooooo happy with it. I have attached a photo for you to look at. This was taken just after he unwrapped his new horn. Max is working on his new instrument and can produce some remarkably good sounds already. When he saw his new Besson, he said that it was well worth waiting for!
It's been a great experience dealing with you. I searched all over America for months and not only were you the only one we could find with the instrument we wanted, you were the only one we talked to that was experienced enough to actually help with our choice. You were a delight to work with, and without your experience, I hate to think what kind of horn/experience we would have wound up with! Thanks to you Max has a much better chance of a bright future with the French horn.
Good evening Alan,
All best regards,
The horn is splendid, everything I was hoping for. Thanks for your efforts, and glad everything has worked out so well.
PS: Just played used Yamaha and Holton triples at Osmun's shop. My Paxman from you is fantastically much better. It makes me feel fortunate it turned out so well sight unseen.
Thank you, Alan! My horn arrived last night. I just want you to know how much I appreciate your candid advice and help with this decision. I am delighted with the sound and quality of the instrument. Oh Alan, you have made my day! Thank you. Amen. I can't wait to really play the horn like it deserves to be played. Thanks again for all of your patience and expert advice; I am a customer for life.
I just wanted to let you know the horn arrived here Monday and I've been so busy playing it I didn't pause to let you know! It really sounds fantastic. My wife described the sound in even more colorful terms, and she's not easy to impress! Thanks again and hope to do more business with you in future.
Hey there Alan,
Thank you very much for the talk and very good advice that you gave me on buying my new horn. I have now done two big concerts with the Holton and I have found it absolutely exellent. Thanks again.
My new horn arrived last Friday. And I'm very pleased with the instrument! It plays easily and the intonation is good. Nice sound in all parts of the register. Valves work as new.... My tutor was impressed - he's a Paxman man and was highly skeptical to this American horn. We're now both conviced that I've made an excellent buy.
I'll have no problem recommending hornsAplenty!
I just received my HornBlob and all I can say is WOW!!!!! What an immediate difference. I am usually skeptical when it comes to items like this, but it is everything you say and more! Everyone needs to buy one!
Thanks again and I wish you and Tony all the best.
The horn that I got from hornsAplenty was quite up to par. The valves are just as slick and silent as I hoped, and all the slides work well and are well cleaned. The horn is very responsive in the high register, and is, now that I am getting used to it, very responsive in the lower register as well. Mr. Wiltshire gave me some very useful hints on playing and making sound in general. He was very prompt in answering every email I gave him with every inquiry of which I could think. The horn came to my house with incredible speed! I was very surprised as to the hastiness with which I received my delivery. I enjoyed working with Mr. Alan Wiltshire not only because he was funny and smart but also because when I was working with him, it was like I was only working with him....as if he didn't have a huge job to do with other customers. He was very assuring of my purchase, and worked with me very much to help me get the best deal and help get me the best horn that I could get for the money I had. He never ceased to amaze me with his devotion to me. I was very astounded at his professionalism. I was a little shaky at first, as it was my first major horn purchase, but he was very assuring and after I got the horn, there were no doubts. I always will recommend Mr. Wiltshire for horn purchases (of any make, model, or brand) and, if ever I need another horn after this one, I'm sure I'll be back! Thank you, Alan Wiltshire.
Just thought I would let you know that the horn has arrived safely and in mint condition. I have never received a more securely wrapped package and the miles of bubble wrap has certainly kept the cat amused! The horn is a dream and without doubt the best instrument I have played. Also excellent is the crispness of the valves which feel as though they ought to belong to a brand new instrument and not on a second hand one. I would like to thank you for all your help and expert guidance throughout the purchase of this beautiful instrument and I have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone thinking of buying a horn. It is a pity that more so called specialist companies (you know who you are!) do not offer anywhere near the expertise of hornsAplenty.com !
Wow!! It was like setting off a stick of dynamite when I launched into the Beethoven Seventh passages. Incredible power, and a projection of sound so easy that, for the first time ever, I was entirely satisfied with the power potential just waiting to be used. I have an idea that I'll keep discovering new things about it for a long time to come. I am so very happy with the horn, Alan. It not only sounds wonderful, but it also feels 'just right,' which I have never felt before. I think that anyone who buys a horn from hornsAplenty.com is so lucky, more than they may ever realise, and the help which you have given me has meant a great deal. I have written to you as a testimonial to the excellence of your horns and your service, Alan. I wish you all the greatest success possible.
The sound was exactly what I was looking for, the intonation was very good, and it was incredibly notchy and easy to play, with a great f-alto side.
Now, after about a week, I understand that it is more subtle to play, but also that it give me a lot more of possibility and colours (and it doesn't have so much resistance: it is more a matter of control of the air). My articulation is better than ever and my dynamic range is also greater than before. I play in a studio box in my apartment and yesterday my wife came to see if the door was closed!
I also begin to see the advantages of playing an instrument which needs less air.
But what impresses me the most of this horn is the sound: in every dynamic always incredibly warm, round and dark but always compact. I feel it is a "old" sound which has unfortunately almost disappeared (I would like to know why?) and impossible to obtain with the "new generation" of apparently more easy-to-play instruments. And this is really THE sound I was dreaming of.
I am still not very agile, especially in a loud dynamic, and sometimes I still want to put too much air in it, but it is getting every day better and I am only at the beginning of the discovery of a new world I thought was lost.
I thank you many, many times for providing me with this wonderful horn.
I wish you all the best.
I picked up the horn and went directly to a reading session with an organist at his church. We read through pieces and selected some for a solo performance later this month. I took the horn out of the case, applied my mouthpiece and lips and WOW! What a beautiful sound!
I needed to play a few bars to get the hang of the intonation...I'll fine tune it for myself later...but after that I had a wonderful time playing it and making music too! It's a fine horn.
It's exactly as you described. You were accurate in your condition report and certainly on how it plays. It really has a wonderful sound. I'm going to enjoy finding places and ensembles where it will really shine...Thanks for finding it and thinking of me.
I took delivery of the horn today, and I have to say it is awesome! After about five minutes of warm up and five playing around on the horn I have decided that under no circumstances will I ever play another American horn! The horn is absolutely superb, light-years ahead of my Holton. I will definitely be recommending Paxman horns, and your services in particular, to anyone looking for a fantastic new horn. This horn is really amazing - after warming up a little I was able to just belt out gorgeous, fat high Cs! Like I said before I love the horn and I will definitely be recommending your services.
My new horn just landed today and it is totally fab! It was not damaged at all – just as you said, it came wrapped up like a baby. But the most fantastic thing is the way you guys listened to me, analysed what I was really looking for – rather than what I thought would enable me to do what I wanted – and then came up with the very horn to enable me to achieve it. And you were right! Your Alan Wiltshire must be some kind of horn guru! Seriously, I’m really grateful and I will be playing my new Paxman forever!
Thanks a million!
My Alexander 103 it arrived today in Osaka. I send deepest greetings of respect and thanks for your wonderful horn. It is most marvellous and my playing already it is best!
My respectful thanks
Dear Mr Wiltshire: Thanks so much for your incredible advice and help in the purchase of my Paxman Model 40. I’d always wanted to get that big, fat, Hollywood sound and thought you could only do it with an 8D, along with all the associated high-range difficulties. How wrong I was! Now I sound like Myron Bloom but I don’t split high notes. Not that he did, mind you. But I used to. And your ‘lessons’ on right hand technique have revolutionised my playing – I now know that I can sound bright or dark as I choose. You should be some horn professor or something!
My Yamaha 668 is simply wonderful! It arrived today and was in perfect condition – all the way to Adelaide! Thanks so much – I love it!
Gentlemen: As you are doubtless aware, I have now bought several horns from you and the latest of these – a Paxman triple – arrived this morning. I cannot emphasise how delighted I am to be the proud new owner of this wonderful French horn. The gold brass and large bore together produce the most superb sound and the valves are ‘slick and silent’ – just as you said. I don’t know which of the horns I’ve bought from you I love the most – today it is the Paxman triple, yesterday it was the Alexander 103, tomorrow…who knows?
As always, my inquiries have been handled courteously and knowledgeably by your Alan Wiltshire and on value for money alone you simply cannot be beaten. All praise hornsAplenty.com!
John Rogers - Jones
I have just received my 'new' Paxman Model 40 from Alan Wiltshire at hornsAplenty.com. I am absolutely delighted with the instrument, and am really impressed with the incredibly high standard of workmanship that has been lavished on this twenty year old instrument. It looks and feels as if it has just been made.
The whole stress-free process has taken just over a week form first enquiry to delivery. I would urge horn players, wherever they may be, to avail themselves of this first class service. Alan is a mine of information and has the insight of a seasoned professional. You can take his word that what you want is what you will get.
Here you have one very satisfied hornist, and everyone knows we are a difficult bunch to please!! The horn and I got through Superstar, not missing a single top B or C. Quite a testament to the readiness of the horn for real work!!!!
I wish Alan and Tony every success with their future endeavours.
Simon St John Locke MMus BA (Hons)
Wow! What an instrument! I'm really impressed with the sound and the ease with which it speaks. I see what you mean about the alternative fingerings - thanks very much!
Dr David Edwards