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FAQs (7)

Q: How did you meet Arturo Sandoval?

A: It took me a long twenty-five years to develop the Wild Thing trumpet, and over the years, I had many dreams for it. But I have to admit, there were some dreams I feared would remain only a vision. And, even now it is hard to believe that I have been bestowed this great honor as a trumpet designer. Having Arturo Sandoval play a Wild Thing trumpet is a privilege that I do not take lightly because of the sincere respect I have for him.

How I met Arturo Sandoval. Click for the Rest of the Story.

Q. What size mouthpiece do you recommend for the best sound on the “Wild Thing”?

A. Most mouthpieces. will work just fine. However after being asked that numerous times, I called Mark Curry, A top call studio, and show trumpet player, who is also a first rate mouthpiece designer, maker and manufacture in Reno NV.

After talking to Mark for sometime, I decided the best way for him to use his expertise was to ship him a Wild Thing Trumpet to play, and experience first hand, and then ask him, what were his suggestions as to designing a “Standard Type Mouthpiece” for most common playing situations? A all around mouthpiece that has a rich full bodied sound, that also would enhance the upper register.

Mark has played the Bb Wild Thing Trumpet for some time now, in all different types of musical situations including shows, and recording dates etc.

He has now designed perfect mouthpiece for these horns! They’re GREAT!. They produce a wonderful sound and ease of playing through suburb design and craftsmanship. That’s quality manufacturing !

He chose a different blank to start with from his own Curry Mouthpieces, and say’s “These will really light up faster with the Wild Thing Trumpet!”

These mouthpieces are manufactured by Mark Curry expressively for Flip Oakes, and sold only through “Flip Oakes Wild Thing Trumpets”. They sell for $75.00 each. Old Style Cornet mouthpieces $85.00 Silverplate.

The Trumpet Mouthpiece is a medium deep cup. Cornet mouthpiece is a true deep “V” cup for a “Real Traditional Cornet Sound”. The Flugelhorn mouthpiece is also a very deep, and dark sounding. The Flugelhorn Mouthpiece will also be offered in both “Tapered, and French (straight) Shanks.

These are now available in the following sizes….. 1, 1.25, 1.5, 3, 5, 7, 10.5… Click here to find out more.

There is a Flip Oakes Personal Model as well. All rims and sizes are based on Mt. Vernon Models.

Mark Curry is also a proud owner of his very own Wild Thing Trumpet! His Full Endorsement is posted on my testimonials page See: Testimonials

Q. I am looking for a horn that I can play in all types of settings. I play everything from jazz to legit work. Does the Wild Thing have that capability?

A. YES !!! The “Wild Thing” is the biggest, most open free blowing trumpet ever made. Response is incredibly fast and allows great flexibility and superb intonation, and its carrying power is unsurpassed. Although this truly unique design produces a sound that is very open and dark with a huge core, it retains it’s shape. Originally designed as the perfect instrument for the jazz soloist, the versatility of this masterpiece will meet the demands of virtually every trumpet player’s needs including symphonic, brass quintets to big bands.

Q. Do you think a trial of 30 to 60 minutes will give me a real impression of the Wild Thing?

A. You’ll notice from the first blow, that the Wild Thing, is freer, more open, and more responsive. The reason for the 5 day trial (in the US only) is to get used to that. Get Trial Form. You’ll find, that you’re not fighting the horn. That in your face resistance is gone. My endurance has always been great, but has even been increased. I don’t have to pace myself as I once did, as the horn is not beating up my chops. There are many times after playing a long 4 to 5 hr. gig, I’m still fresh, and ready for more.

Q. Do you offer a payment plan?

A. Yes! We accept Master Card and Visa credit cards to make it easier for you to purchase our instruments. You can easily create your own time payment plan by credit card checks that come with your credit card statement. Simply send us a credit card check which debits your credit card account.

Trade Ins (1)

Trade In Procedure

  1. Contact me either by email flip@flipoakes.com, or by telephone 760-643-1501.
  2. Let me know what it is you want to trade in. The brand and model, approx. age, and the condition it’s in.
  3. Let me what you think is a fair offer for it.
  4. Let me know which Flip Oakes Wild Thing Instrument that you want to trade it in on.
  5. I’ll make a offer right there and then, based on your evaluation of your current instrument.
  6. If you accept my offer then, all you need to do is send me your trade in with a payment for the balance. I will accept either Bank, or a Cashiers Check, or either your Visa or Master Card.
  7. I’ll need to know your shipping address, at the time of the deal, so that I can setup your account, and have your new Flip Oakes Wild Thing Instrument ready to ship, the same time your horn comes in.

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Warranty (1)

Limited Warranty

Flip Oakes Wild Thing Trumpets

Any Flip Oakes Wild Thing Instruments purchased through Flip Oakes Wild Thing Trumpets are covered for one (1) year from the date of purchase to the original owner on the original invoice.

This limited Warranty is for any defects in materials or workmanship.

The customer must keep the original invoice as proof of purchase and ownership for this limited warranty to be valid.

This warranty does not cover damage caused by abuse, neglect, misuse, tampering, accident or normal wear and tear.

Factory lacquer finishes are guaranteed to be of the highest quality, and applied properly, using the very finest protective materials and techniques, however, lacquer finishes are not covered by this warranty.

The factory will be the sole judge as to cause of damage or defects and be responsible for repair.

The repair of an instrument shall constitute a settlement in full of all claims of the buyer for damages and shall operate a release of all claims for damages of both the buyer and the factory arising out of the warranty.