2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Air Horn Sounds Like Real Train
“They are precision instruments that sound just like a train. All our Shocker horns are made in the U.S. and hand-tuned,” says Matt Heller, owner of HornBlasters, based in Florida. His best selling Shocker Classic train horn is actually four horns, each sounding the right note to make the perfect chord.
The air horn comes with a small 12-volt air compressor, 2-gal. air tank, and all the air line and fittings required for hookup for $480. The system is weatherproof and fits under the vehicle’s standard horn, which can also still be used.
The durable fiberglass reinforced plastic horns resonate with a deep sound (142 decibels).
“As a rule of thumb, if you see a chrome air horn, that’s not a train horn,” Heller notes, adding that kits that only sell three horns also don’t create the right train horn chord.
The majority of HornBlasters’ customers are male and live in the Midwest or South, but they come from all walks of life. Many own trucks, but the horns work on all kinds of cars, motorcycles, ATV’s and custom made trains and models.
“Guys that hear it say, ‘I don’t know why I need it, but I have to have it,’ ” Heller says. Just like using any loud tool, he tells customers to use good judgment when blasting the 7-second horn – with ear protection and at least 100 ft. from people. Some tie it to their car alarm, which definitely draws unwanted attention.
HornBlasters also sells the “Godfather of horns”, the Nathan AirChime (156 decibels) made of diecast aluminum for $1,500. For people who want to spend less, HornBlasters offers an imported air horn for $250.
Check the website to hear how the horns sound and to find out more information.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, HornBlasters, 39440 Pattie Rd., Zephyr Hills, Fla. 33540 (ph 877 209-8179; wwwHornBlasters.com).
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