A short presentation for the opening of the new shop.
I would like to welcome you here to celebrate the opening of this specialist French horn shop in Tianjin.
I would like to give you some background.
My name is John Rogers and I am the operations director of Paxman Musical instruments. The company is owned by me, Robert Paxman and Tim Jones.
Bob Paxman is still actively involved with the company after more than 60 years and continues to be in charge of product developments at the company.
Tim Jones is the principal horn player in the London Symphony orchestra and is therefore uniquely positioned to give us a valuable insight into what a player in one of the top orchestras in the world needs from his instruments.
My background is in brass instrument manufacture and marketing in the UK with companies such as Boosey and Hawkes and Besson.
Paxman was established at the turn of the century by Harry Paxman, but did not start production of horns until 1945, when no more than twelve instruments a year were made.
1950 saw the arrival in England of Richard Merewether, a professional horn player whose career had started with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As his career in this country progressed, he found himself specialising more and more in the high register of the instrument. He had been working on ideas of horn design for a number of years and had researched areas of physics which he thought to be fundamental to the successful design and manufacture of such instruments. He approached Robert Paxman with these ideas, and persuaded him to build horns incorporating his ideas.
These instruments were so successful that Merewether and Paxman continued their association and went on to develop a range of over 50 models. They became a unique duo, known to players all over the world as the figureheads of a highly skilled team. Fifty years of research and development have produced the instruments that put Paxman at the forefront of horn manufacture. Instruments that are much sought after by players world-wide.
Paxman do not take their position as one of the world's leading horn makers lightly, and are constantly making great efforts to maintain their innovative role. Players' comments and opinions are actively sought, and there is continuous research and incorporation of advantageous modifications. Special requests are always undertaken where technically possible.
Each horn is carefully assembled and meticulously checked after manufacture to ensure that it meets the high standards expected of a Paxman instrument.
I first met Yuling and Tangpei in 2005, Paxman had for years had products made to fit the student and intermediate markets by European makers but the development of musical instrument manufacture in lower cost production areas and the pace of the growth in those areas made it necessary for us to find other partners to work with.
Our concerns had been that some of the products being imported were likely to be detrimental to the long-term development of new and improving horn students. We were determined to find sources of high quality manufacture, and with our design input to develop instruments that were made to a high build and playing quality requirement and not down to a price. I met Yuling and Tangpei and we started to work together at that point. We provided the specification of the horns incorporating designs that had been developed over many years and they supplied the manufacturing expertise. It seemed to be a logical move that as Yuling and Tangpei had good contact with the professors at the colleges and universities as well as the professional players in your country to appoint them as our distributor of Paxman horns into your country
We hope that the new shop becomes a centre of excellence for horn players of all levels as our shop in London has become over the years.
In closing I would like to inform you that I will be here for this weeknd and if you have any question please come and see me afterwards and I will be pleased to meet you.
In the meantime am sure you would all like to join me in Yuling and Tangpei every success with the new shop and continued success in horn manufacture.