I was fortunate enough to try the Wild Thing Flip had sent over to TPIN for evaluation and after playing on it for a few days, I decided to purchase it. The things that impressed me were the horn’s huge and rich sound and the way it requires very little effort to start a tone. I shouldn’t leave Flip’s customer service out of the list, he really knocks himself out to make your experience with the horn a positive one! Playing this horn and switching back to my Yamaha was similar to switching to a shallow cup mouthpiece after playing for an hour on a deep cup mouthpiece: it was very difficult to make the Yamaha speak at all. A remarkable difference.
Despite having always played on medium bore horns, I have not noticed any endurance problems on the Wild Thing as long as I use a little restraint. The lack of resistance makes it easy to overblow to get that familiar feeling of back pressure and blowing that hard wears me out in a hurry! It’s important to note there is no reason to blow that hard on this horn, it’s just a habit that needs breaking. I look forward to signing the guest book again in a few months when I’m more familiar with the horn.
4 years later!
Hi, Flip, I hope all is well with you!
Has it been four years already since I bought my Wild Thing? I can hardly believe it. My last horn had totally frustrated me in less than three years, and that’s when I found out about Wild Things. I like it more all the time. I am still learning about the horn and getting better on it.
The best thing about the horn is that it has kept the same sound all those four years. Finding the right sound was why I switched horns in 1995 (to a Yamaha), but in a short time I had managed to work the new horn back into my old sound. This wasn’t something I did intentionally, it just happened and I couldn’t do much about it.
But the Wild Thing has kept the same sound. It is a sound that frequently earns me complements. Other players want to know what kind of horn I use, so I tell them! When they try it, I love the surprised expression on their face. Unfortunately, I have been a poor referral, as I haven’t been able to get anyone to actually buy one. It is so different, I think it scares them off.
One change I have made is I switched to a Monette B4S mouthpiece last July, and that has drastically improved things. The combination is so responsive, I can play much faster and still keep a crystal clear sound. No mud between the notes. Also, the new combination has evened out the intonation from top to bottom, improving my endurance.
Last Thursday I performed Arban’s Carnival of Venice variations with the Blair Area Community Band here in Nebraska and it went very well. The concert was two days before my 43rd birthday and the good performance made a neat birthday present.
Well, I better go, but I wanted to let you know how well the horn still plays four years later, and how great a combination I think it makes with the Monette mouthpiece.