How many WT owners do we have on the TM site?

Discussion in 'Horns' started by Flip Oakes, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. Flip Oakes

    Flip Oakes New Friend

    Nov 9, 2003
    Oceanside, CA USA
    I was just wondering. How many WT owners do we have on the TM site?

    Lets have some fun, so if you have any of the Flip Oakes
    Wild Thing Bb, WT Short Model Cornet, WT American Model Cornet, WT Flugelhorn, or a Flip Oakes 'C' Trumpet and have any comments, please post them !!

    If you don't have the horn yet, and want join in please do and ask away....

    Wild Thing Bb's,

    Short model Cornet,

    American Model Cornet,


    Flip Oakes 'C' Trumpet,

    We would really like to hear from you.... Lets get this Wild Thing Dedicated Forum Blazing !!


    All The Best,

    Flip Oakes

    Flip Oakes “Wild Thing Trumpetsâ€

    "To read what Wild Thing owners say about their horns, click on this"

    Flip Oakes
    2559 Mottino Dr.
    Oceanside, Ca. 92056
    760-643-1511 FAX

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  2. David Oulton

    David Oulton New Friend

    Jan 9, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I've got mine. Bb Wild Thing Trumpet in silver #22597
    I bought it new from Mike's Music (Canada) in July 2001.

    I was amazed by the horn from the first test blow of a friends WT. Ordered mine the next day and haven't looked back since. :D
  3. tom turner

    tom turner Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Georgia, USA
    I own two at the moment (no, neither is for sale either!),

    2001 WT Bb trumpet-goldplated, #6435

    2002 WT Bb short model cornet-goldplated, #23660

    Both of mine are with the original bell markings before Flip got fancy and added the oak tree and fancy lettering to the bell. Mine simply say this on the bell:


    These horns make me want to practice! I look forward to "IT" everynight like a newly wed guy looks forward to . . .

    Aw heck, I ain't that old . . . I still look forward to THAT too!

    Keep up the good work, Flip!

  4. Leatherlip

    Leatherlip New Friend

    Nov 9, 2003
    Well, after emailing Tom and Bill M. back and forth, I ended up with a Silver Bb. I had been playing a Schilke B1L, B6Lb, and Calicchio 1S-2, and still do now and then, but seem to always come back to the WT. Then I got the bug for a Gold WT. Then I needed a Flip Oakes C for Church. Next was the Silver Flugel, for Big Band jobs, and latest edition is the Silver Short Cornet. The Bb's and Cornet are played every day, and the Flugel and C come out a few times a month.

    The Silver WT and Gold WT are 4 numbers apart, and the Cornet has WLID Thing misspelled on the bell. For me, the WT has been the Best
    horn I've played. I would encourage anyone looking for a different horn, to play as many as you can, and give the WT a test drive as well.

    Enjoy the Music, Listen to Others, and Have FUN.
    Bill :lol:
  5. linkera

    linkera New Friend

    Nov 10, 2003
    Slidell, LA

    Hi Flip, Tom, hope all is well with you both. I bought my goldplated Wild Thing about 3 Years ago and I just added the new J Slide last month.
    All I can say is wow! I can't put the dang thing down. The horn has such a big core to the sound but when I push it, it sizzles. As if this isn't enough, even though the horn is big, it speaks so easily when you stroke it... but the core is still wide. All kidding aside, the horn makes practicing fun, so consequently you sound great because the horn is so good and then you sound good because you are improving from all the practice. Never before have I gotten as many compliments from the other musicians that I play with. I'm using a NorthernBrass/GR mouthpiece that really lights up the WildThing. What's that you say? This Thing is Wild.

    Allan Linker
  6. tom turner

    tom turner Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Georgia, USA
    Hi Allan,

    You are right about the "J" slides. My WT has one in it almost all the time. I've VERY familiar with the original series and still love 'em but I'm truly enjoying the new series and the unique things it does for the "Thing."

    Right now I've got the "J1" in the horn. Wow!

  7. MagnumLungs

    MagnumLungs New Friend

    Nov 12, 2003
    WT Silver

    I got my WT in Silver plate from Tony Carter here in England in 2002. People here in England can't get their head around a Trumpet called the 'Wild Thing' - but I still enjoy playing it and they soon hear it.

  8. bent trumpet

    bent trumpet New Friend

    Dec 6, 2003
    I own a WT Bb in gold. I bought it used last summer from a guy that seems to always have several. I love the horn. It has a very rich tone in all registers. I was expecting it to be difficult to adjust to, as the bore is larger than other horns I own. I was surprised to find myself making the adjustment rather quickly.

    I find it easier to play in the upper register than the Selmer Concept TT, and it is lighter in weight than the TT. The WT does not have as much sizzle as the Lawler STS with the #1 bell, but the WT can produce more volume than the Lawler.

    I use Warburton 5m/7* most of the time.
  9. Bill

    Bill New Friend

    Nov 11, 2003
    Madison (Huntsville) AL
    I'm Wild again

    Hey Flip, Tom, Bill and all the rest of the "Wild" gang!

    This is my 7th Wild Thing horn I've owned and I do believe it's the best. I've been through 2 gold Bb, 2 silver Bb's, 2 C's- 1 silver and 1 raw brass.

    It is unquestionably the finest horn I've played. The tone can whisper one second and cover the orchestra the next. I was worried about projection qualities, hearing how others felt brand C projected better. Sorry guys. I played O Holy Night Christmas Eve services with our 19 piece church orchestra (including 5 trumpets) and was the only one on first. The CD of the tune is amazing - mic's were all the way at the back of the church on the ceiling and it sounded like I was BLOWING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM!

    And playing in tune has never been easier, at all volumes. Great valves and what a finish! The gold plating is truly a thing of beauty.

    Playing in the upper register is easier than on my smaller bore Besson. The slots above high C are very defined and distinct. The notes to high G just pop out of the horn, perfectly in tune.

    Like Tom says, it makes you want to go practice!

    If anyone has any questions about the horn or lives in the Alabama/Tennessee area and would just like to try one out let me know!

    Bill Mirrielees
  10. Horn of Praise

    Horn of Praise Pianissimo User

    Nov 1, 2003
    United States
    My good friend Bill,

    Hi buddy! Welcome to TM. How have you been? Haven't heard from you in quite a while. Send me an update when you have the chance.

    All the best.

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