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Give your horn – and your playing - a new lease of life:


have it... 'Wiltshired'!

Our famous and secret full renovation and repair treatment is now available to all horn players as a bespoke service .

We have sold literally hundreds of horns to players all over the globe and, of course, they are always fully renovated and reconditioned before they leave our headquarters.

In fact, they’re ‘Wiltshired’!

Many players have expressed astonishment at how incredibly well our horns work and have asked us how we do it. We even have professional players bringing us brand new horns to be 'Wiltshired' before they use them.

What is it that we do to horns that makes them play so incredibly well?

Understandably... we're not saying!

Not entirely, anyway. Obviously, we completely dismantle the instruments and clean them very thoroughly inside and out – but we’re not saying how – and obviously we remove the valves and clean and treat these and the valve chambers – but we’re not saying how we do this either! We also remove dents and replace any parts that are not functioning perfectly. And we do other, secret, things to horns – scientific things, nothing mystical here – that simply make them work much better.

We don’t freeze them or anything silly like that – before you begin wondering – but we have developed specialist treatments and techniques which really do work spectacularly well.

We only do complete overhauls and we do these at a fixed, inclusive price whether your horn is a single, a double or a triple: £395 GBP per horn, plus any expensive parts, which are charged at cost. The odd linkage, screws, springs etc are not charged for additionally. But if your horn needs a new leadpipe, for example, this would incur an additional charge, obviously.

PLEASE NOTE:  WE HAVE KEPT THE COST OF 'WILTSHIRING' YOUR HORN TO £495 GBP SINCE JANUARY 2009.  BUT I'M SORRY - IT'S NOW TIME TO RAISE IT.  HOWEVER, WE'RE RETAINING THE CURRENT PRICE OF £495 GBP UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, 2011.  SO, IF YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER (CONFIRM VIA EMAIL) BY THE END OF FEBRUARY  2011, YOU'LL STILL PAY THE OLD PRICE.  THE NEW PRICE, FROM MARCH 2011, WILL BE £595 GBP.

 

‘Wiltshiring’ involves:

  • the removal of all dents using our super-sophisticated (and extremely expensive!) non-invasive rare earth magnetic dent removal system – the first (and currently the only) one in the UK
  • a full and expert valve overhaul – they’ll work like new, believe me!
  • the replacement of all strings and neoprenes
  • the super-accurate alignment of all valve registrations
  • the replacement (where necessary), expert setting-up and lubrication of all mechanical parts and any soldering or other repair work that may be necessary
  • and, of course, our secret ‘Wiltshiring’ processes!

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How will it feel different?

  • Your horn will simply play better in all registers.
  • It will be ‘notchier’ - ie, it will have more clearly defined note centres and so your accuracy will improve.
  • All the valves will work at lightning speed and they will be completely silent and completely smooth. They’ll be like new.
  • The high register will improve markedly.
  • The overall responsiveness of the instrument will improve.

How long does it take?

Usually we can turn a horn around in 1-2 weeks.

What if I don’t like it?

You will! Your horn will play better than it ever has before. But if you are disappointed – something which has never happened, not once - we’ll refund your money in full, no questions asked.

Are there any catches?

If your horn needs many replacement parts these will be charged for at cost, in addition to the reconditioning fee, although this isn’t really a ‘catch,’ is it? And we will speak to you before doing any work that will incur such additional costs.

If your horn is seriously damaged – flattened by a steam roller, for example – we may decline to accept it for reconditioning!

Our fee does not include transit & insurance costs. These are obviously determined by your location, so please contact Alan Wiltshire for information if you are outside the UK. Anywhere within the UK, transit & insurance costs £30 GBP in each direction.

But otherwise, no, there are no catches!

Do you do lacquering?

Yes, and we do a fantastic job, but obviously not as part of an overhaul. Lacquering incurs an additional charge. Please contact Alan Wiltshire for further information.

Right! I want my horn ‘Wiltshired’ and I want it done NOW – no question about it! How do I organise it?

Simply phone Alan Wiltshire or send an email - now. You’ll regret it if you don’t and you’ll be delighted once you have! Do it now – you know you want to! Contact details are here.