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Dear Denis,

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The Denis Wedgwood piccolo trumpet is the finest piccolo trumpet I have ever played, and, in my opinion, the best on the market today. It is very well in tune, has an even response throughout the whole range of the instrument, and makes a superb sound.

John Hardy. Co-Principal Trumpet, Royal Opera Orchestra.

 

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I have been the proud owner of a Wedgwood instrument since 1984 when, fresh out of the Royal Academy of Music, I joined the BBC Concert Orchestra as Principal Cornet. Since then I have used my Denis Wedgwood Cornet extensively in concerts and recordings and can honestly say that I have not come across an instrument yet that can meet my requirements so admirably.

I can take on the works of Berlioz, Prokofiev, and Elgar knowing that Denis' craftsmanship won't let me down. I find it no trouble whatsoever to change from trumpet to cornet when working in the orchestra, and when occasionally asked to play in the brass band, find myself equally at ease with the rest of the ensemble. In short, my cornet is an indispensable item of my trade.

Martin Hurrell. Principal Cornet, BBC Symphony Orchestra

 

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I have played the Wedgwood Cornet for the past eight years in the Symphony Orchestra and in recitals. It is capable of producing truly trombone like bottom notes when required, and is safe to top concert 'D' with a regular cornet mouthpiece. Surprisingly the 'through blowing' valve system actually facilitates super pianissimo playing across the range.

William Houghton. Principal Trumpet BBC Symphony Orchestra; Principal Trumpet Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Principal Trumpet London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble.

 

Dear Denis,

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The Wedgwood trumpet offers the free-est blowing characteristics of any trumpet I have ever played. The revolutionary full-flow valve block makes this instrument incredibly flexible in technical passages and very smooth in sustained legato phrases.

The instrument responds instantly in pp playing and will accept anything and everthing you can give it in ff. It has a large warm sound with just enough edge to make this everybody's ideal instrument

I have used the Wedgwood trumpet in large works such as Elektra and Turandot and it is equally at home in The Barber of Seville and Donizetti operas. Its lyrical sound is also well-suited to small groups.

This is the complete instrument for the professional musician.

Terrence Lax, Professor of Trumpet, Welsh College of Music; former Principal Trumpet, Welsh National Opera.

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I have played a Wedgwood Cornet for the past fifteen years. I was looking for a cornet which would give me the flexibility to play both in the Symphony Orchestra, and also as a soloist playing traditional repertoire. The 'Wedgwood' certainly gave me what I was looking for. I used it constantly during my time as Principal at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, playing the Tchaikovsky ballets and found it did not 'close up' in the higher dynamic range. It will take everything you have, and more.

I really appreciate the fullness of tone over the whole range and also the fact that it is one of the very few instruments I have played in twenty-five years as a professional musician, which is in tune and agrees with itself. I have great pleasure in unreservedly endorsing this cornet. P.S. I did pay for this instrument. Wedgwood is far too mean to give anything away.

James Watson, Professor of Trumpet, Royal Academy of Music, London. International Cornet Soloist.

Dear Denis,

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The spirit of Bix Beiderbeck still keeps me waiting, but nevertheless I have a lot of fun with your excellent cornet.

Werner Högel, Lechtown Knee -Oilers, Augsburg, Germany

 

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I have been playing a Wedgwood Bb Trumpet for nearly four years now, which should have given me plenty of time to sort out the idiosyncrasies of the instrument, except that I have been unable to find any. The Wedgwood Bb trumpet is made to the exceptionally high standard that one has come to associate with this master craftsman.

It is a free-blowing instrument in all registers with a superb quality of sound, whether piano or forte. There are no worries with intonation or "problem" notes that one has to slightly humour. All this is due to the great care that Denis takes in the manufacture of his instruments, with such attention to detail as shims of various sizes in order to perfectly align the valves with the airways. The instrument is perfectly balanced and comfortable to use for the longest of operas or concerts.

The finish is of high quality silver plating and on my instrument, even after four years of fairly hard use, there is no sign of tarnish or wear.

On my recommendation, several of my students now use Wedgwood trumpets and have been equally impressed with their qualities.

Peter H White. Ex-Principal Trumpet Welsh National Opera; Head of Brass Studies, University of Southampton; Visiting Trumpet Tutor, Winchester College; Visiting Trumpet Tutor, Southampton City Council; Brass Award Teacher, Hampshire Music Service.

 

Hello Denis My Friend!!!!!

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Barfota Jazzmen are going to tour UK next summer. We start at the Whitley Bay jazz festival (outside Newcastle upon Tyne) . Then we go west - to play at the Cardiff Jazz Club. After Wales - Cardiff we'll go east again and end up at the 100 Club in London.

With the Wedgwood Cornet (Bb) I should be able to "free-blow" them a storm!

I do hope we'll meet. All my very best wishes to you

Claes Ringqvist

BARFOTA JAZZMEN, SUNDSVALL, Sweden

Dear Denis,

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Denis Wedgwood's talents of Master Craftsman and virtuoso cornetist have enabled him to produce a cornet that is a rare blend of artistic and engineering excellence.

With this instrument, I can execute, with confidence, the most delicate passages associated with the typical lyrical cornet style and yet still produce a scintillating fortissimo that will dominate the loudest orchestral passage.

I have not found a better instrument during my twenty five years as a professional musician.

Andrew Mitchell, Principal Trumpet with the English National Ballet Orchestra

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It is a little over five years that you made my second Wedgwood cornet the first in 1982 and it is still a joy to play. I recently extolled its virtues on the Trumpetmaster web site in a post discussing the instruments we trumpet and cornet players blow.

I also took the opportunity to mention the Saturn water valves. They are absolutely superb and fitting for any of your excellent instruments.

I hope that all is going well down there in Cardiff and suspect that you will be as busy as ever.

Best regards

Paul Gorman, Kingdom of Bahrain

 
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