|Hear what some players have to say about Horn Improvement: |
"The crew at Horn Improvement
consistently deliver the best woodwind
repairs I have found in Southern California.
Watching them work is like going back to the
days of skilled craftmanship. If you want
your instrument repaired the way you would
do it if you had the time, tools,
and skills, then go to Horn Improvement."
Luther Hughes Cannonball-Coltrane Project
Bill Holman Big Band
Director of Jazz Studies Fullerton College
I have known and worked with 3 true masters of the horn improvement
craft in my life as a saxophone and flute player and after moving back
to southern California, I needed to find number four and Jeff is the
man. He is the real deal and I know I can count on him and his team
for all my woodwind needs. They are also very quick about getting
reeds and such to you by mail if you don't live so close.
Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist
I've been taking all of my woodwinds to Horn Improvement for several
years now, and I couldn't conceive of going anywhere else. The
attention to important details is astounding; whether it be the gold
plating and complete reconstructing of a vintage selmer alto sax, the
invention of a new key for the bass sax, or just getting that one key
on the bass clarinet to feel perfectly even and harmonious with the
rest of the instrument. These craftsmen listen to what your needs are,
and always come up with a solution. When you are at the shop for a
quick repair or to make a reed purchase, or even if you are just
dropping off an instrument for an overhaul, you are welcomed warmly by the fine staff. This is truly the
premier repair shop on the West Coast!
Hollywood studio musician/jazz artist/film orchestrator - Arranger
"Attention Musicians! Horn Improvement is a great place for
instruments, accessories, and repair. I highly recommend them."
Freelance woodwind player and featured member of bands led by such
notable musicians as Louie Bellson, Tom Kubis, and Gordon Goodwin.
Faculty Cal State University Long Beach
"The guys at Horn Improvement do a better job than
anyone….anywhere!! After I bring my horns in for
repair, they sing! I refuse to go anywhere else."
Saxophonist with Poncho Sanchez for over 12 years.
"Horn Improvement is one of the most player-friendly stores in Southern
California. They always have just what you need, when you
need it, or they'll get it faster for you than anybody else.
The repairs are first-rate, with great craftsmanship and attention
to detail. I highly recommend them!"
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Faculty Cal State University Long Beach
"The staff at Horn Improvement are excellent repairmen, that I can
depend on to see the problem and to fix it. The saxophone
is a complicated piece of machinery, and Horn Improvement is master of this
craft. I recommend him them."
Internationally acclaimed jazz saxophone artist
"Horn Improvement and their staff are simply the best in the business.
They do meticulous work, and quite frankly, I wouldn't trust
my horn to anyone else"
Saxophonist, pianist, composer, and arranger
Director of Jazz and Commercial Studies at Orange Coast College
"I highly recommend Horn Improvement to all of my students and
Freelance and studio recording artist
Saxophone Professor Emeritus Cal State University Long Beach
The Horn Improvement crew are amazing! Where else can you walk in and get the
best modifications, repairs, or whatever is needed, even at the last
minute! With my busy schedule I never know when I am going to need
something right away. The Horn Improvement staff is always there to help
me! With all the instruments I play, they say, "It's like painting an
aircraft carrier, as soon as you finish, you have to start at the other
end!" Highly recommended for all your woodwind and student's needs.
John Reilly, Free-lance artist - All woodwinds
Mouthpiece refacer, "The Mouthpiece Doctor".
Les Brown and "The Band of Renown"
South Coast Symphony, Recordings and TV
"I can't thank Horn Improvement enough for the introduction to Backun
barrels and bells. I purchased two barrels and a bell for
my clarinet and my sound is more alive and responsive than ever before.
Along with their fine products, integrity and service I highly recommend
Dan St. Marseille
Woodwind recording artist
"It's my fault. I told a few hundred musician and online
sax guys to check out the boys at Horn Improvement.
Now I can't get my horn fixed half as fast, but I do know half the
people at the counter on any given day so I have someone to talk to
while waiting. Thanks for keeping me together Jeff!"
Freelance Jazz and Contemporary Christian recording artist
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