I took my so marvellously overhauled and Wiltshired horn and enjoyed to play some tunes on it. The contrast of how it worked before and how it plays now after the complete overhaul and Wiltshiring is like night and day. A wee "bobb" and the horn reacts with a clear and precise tone, be it pianissimo or fortissimo. It's pure joy to play with it again. Thank you so much, Alan and Roy for your great expert work and also for not hesitating to contact even such capacities as professors of metallurgy and further outstanding people in their profession, to really fulfill the awkward repair work on my approx. 77 year old horn with the greatest excellency. Thank you a lot, indeed.
Thank you very much for your advices, I really appreciate them.
After some days playing (my 103) I think the horn plays much better than before, the problem in the medium range has dissapeared, the articulation has been improved, the full range is easier than it used to be, and the F horn has opened up and it's much better than before.
I picked up the horn and just finished playing it. The valves are lightening fast (yahoo!!!). It does indeed play as well as new.
Just\r\nto let you know, the Alex arrived today. And what do I think? Well it''s\r\nthe same horn in appearance and that''s where everything changes when I\r\nput it to my lips. It blows beautifully - lovely big, fat, rich sound.\r\nThe Alex sound of olden days only much, much better. Top register is\r\nsuper. I played it during lunch hour and didn''t want to put it down.\r\nMiddle reg is pure, smooth and round and pedal notes really strong and\r\npowerful, as I discovered after blasting out that low bit from\r\nShostakovich 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,
Peoria, IL USA
All the best,
I notice that the testimonials generally refer to players receiving their "new" horns. I would like to attest to the great job you do in servicing instruments. You ''Wiltshired'' my Alex Model 90 two years ago and what a difference you made. The instrument is now thirty years old but you have given me back the beautiful fast, silent valve action and consistency of a new instrument.
The temperamental high A that caused me so much trouble now rings out beautiful and true. I see my old friend Simon Locke mentions about hitting all the Bs & Cs in ''Superstar.'' Well, I have just finished playing this show in The Theatre Royal, Newcastle and thanks to you all my high notes were there as well.
If anyone has doubts about having their horn ''Wiltshired,'' I say go ahead, do it and enjoy the results.
Amazing Alan !!!
I''m not sure where to begin. The whole range of the horn has vastly improved in so many ways... The upper register is so much notchier it feels like the notes are in a different place, dynamic contrasts and articulation in the extreme registers are much more pronounced, and the sound... you put it best when you said that the middle register now ''melts ice.'' I could go on ad nauseum... Thanks again.
Kyle Walker, Texas USA
Words fail me! I simply cannot believe the difference you have made to my horn; if I wasn’t certain it was the same instrument, I would have thought you’d sent me the wrong one back! You assured me that it would be “as good as new” on its return, but you’re wrong – it’s actually better! Before it was ''Wiltshired'' I was at the stage where I wasn’t enjoying playing as much as I used to because it was just so difficult to centre notes and produce a decent tone. The upper register in particular was incredibly tight and it had lost its juicy tone in the lower register as well. When I first unpacked it, without even warming up properly, I played a couple of arpeggios up to top C (something I could only do once in a blue moon before – the effort was too great!) and then down to the pedal notes with incredible ease. I found I just couldn’t put it down for several hours and just kept on playing and playing – it’s an amazing transformation and a real pleasure to play.
I really can’t thank you enough; you’ve given my horn (and me!) a new lease of life. Other than purchasing the horn in the first place, it is, unequivocally, the best money I have ever spent. I highly recommend your service – every horn player should try it; the results are staggering. Thank you.
I had heard lots of positive feedback about the Wiltshiring process from a number of prominent players. My dilemma was that my Alex 103 plays beautifully but the valves are circa 50 years old - slow, heavy, clanking, etc - yes you do know what I mean! I contacted hornsAplenty.com to see if they could help. I received a prompt response and very shortly was discussing the options with Alan. Needless to say, this was a trip into the unknown as I didn''t (and still don''t) know the ''secret'' Wiltshiring processes and was concerned that the horn''s velvety sound would be ''undone.'' Without any pressure we agreed on having the work done. Horn finished. WOW - these valves are superb, just what I was looking for. Sounds brilliant - more free blowing - and has kept its wonderful tone. What a bargain! If you, like me, are worried about your horn then don''t be - this man is a horn guru. I have no regrets in having the horn ''Wiltshired'' and I will be doing my utmost to keep him very busy in the future by ''plenty'' of horn referrals.
I took a Paxman in to hornsAplenty to be sold. Alan and I happened to be playing duets together a couple of weeks later and I tried the horn again, after he’d ‘done’ it. I’d only been playing it again for around 20 seconds when I KNEW I could never sell it. It was absolutely fantastic! It played better than ever – MUCH better than ever. It is fundamentally different. As if the instrument has come alive. The sound was much fuller and more centred, the valves were utterly superb, the high register was more notchy, secure and better in tune and the overall response was much, much better. I withdrew it from sale on the spot. I’ve had all my horns ‘Wiltshired’ now and I am delighted with them. This process really works and it is fantastic. And excellent value for money.
I''m really pleased with what Alan has done. He is a complete enthusiast. His commitment to getting the job done right is just superb. I wish the two of you good luck with the business. Your dedication to getting the job done right is second to none. I felt my two horns were in really good, expert hands, and that I could totally trust you, with the background and knowledge that you both have. Overall I am really, really pleased and will certainly be sending my horns to you again for their next service.
Cormac Ó hAodáin,
What can I say...? The Wiltshiring process made an amazing difference to my Alex 103. Previously the horn was sluggish to play, difficult to keep in tune and notes were cracking left, right and centre. Now it is a joy to play - the valves are excellent, the notes crisper, and generally it is much freer playing. Thanks hAp!