“The oboe arrived safely today, and it is absolutely wonderful. I so appreciate everything that you both did to make the purchase such a pleasant experience. Your many answers to my many questions… were of enormous help in my decision making process. Now that I have seen and played the oboe, I can attest that everything Celia described about it is absolutely accurate. This oboe does indeed have a very sweet sound, and a sweet feel as well. The colors and key work are beautiful, and I do believ…
“I’ve always found Richard’s work to be meticulous, thorough and fairly priced. You are aware from your first dealings with him that your instrument is in the hands of a phenomenally experienced repairer who will listen to your requirements and then act on them. His advice to me in the past has been invaluable.”
Maxwell SpiersCor AnglaisRoyal Ballet Sinfonia
“Thank you for your work on my bassoon. It certainly plays much more easily now than it has for as long as I can remember. … I can now sound the highest c, d and e flat without any trouble at all!”
Michael Julian Lew
“From personal experience, I can say that Richard’s work on bassoons is of a very high standard indeed. He is, in addition, a mine (goldmine..?) of friendly and useful advice on all aspects of woodwind instrument construction and maintenance.“
Roger BrookeAssociate Principal BassoonSydney Symphony
“Oboe arrived today. It is indeed a first class instrument in every respect! Thank you.”
“I was very, very pleased by both the instruments…the service and regulation of these oboes is outstanding. Your craftsmanship is as fine as any oboe expert in the United States, I only wish the freight to Oz was less costly or I would send you my horns regularly for service.”
Richard’s woodwind repair work continues to be outstanding. Once again he has resurrected my old and tired Cor Anglais to a point where it feels almost new again. Precision re-corking, adjustments, thorough cleaning etc etc, it’s real quality work. Thank you.
“Thank you both so much for getting this instrument for me! It arrived this morning and it is unbelievably good. Gorgeous, and it likes my reed, and it doesn’t wobble on 2nd octave F-sharp on my reed! The sound is much less muted than my old oboe. The upper register actually projects and it seems to take the air very easily in the high registers! You have made my year.
Thanks again, I’ll be suggesting you guys and the Howarth instruments to anyone who asks. This is my first Howarth oboe …
“Richard’s overhaul on my clarinets was so thorough and expert that they really did respond very much better afterwards. His willingness to change any small detail when I picked them up to play and to advise me on their upkeep was most welcome. I can thoroughly recommend his services to any woodwind player who wants the very best from their instruments!”
Richard HosfordPrincipal ClarinetBBC Symphony Orchestra, Nash Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
“Richard is a brilliant technician who fully understands the importance of setting up an instrument to the highest professional standards.”
David CowleyPrincipal OboeBBC National Orchestra of Wales