Top positive review
13 people found this helpful
Great for clowning
on 24 July 2014
It's not often I actually bother to write a product review, but wow.
This product does exactly what it claims. It certainly does let other clowns know you're in the area and really is an important piece of equipment to any established clown. I would go further, even if you're a new clown or just slightly clown curious it allows you to experiment for very little cost.
As others have said, it is quite cheaply made, but at less than £2.50 it represents excellent value for money. My own experience so far has been on the whole very positive, it raises a smile even from non clowns. (But personally I think there is a bit of clown in all of us). I'm using the horn in a very specialised role as a "clown approaching warning" on my bike, clown bike of course (29er mountain bike). So far I have ridden over some quite technical & rocky terrain and the horn has stood up to the abuse. There has been one instance of bulb detachment, easily remedied by putting it back on. A small amount of silicone sealant (or the cheap "bathroom sealant" stuff) around the bulb/horn interface will undoubtedly improve the robustness and is recommended prior to first use.
WARNING. My cats hate the horn. I think cats have a sixth sense and just know there is a clown around and have no need for an additional audio warning; it just annoys them. Anecdotally I also think this could apply to wives. Although from only a limited sample of one, my darling wife hates the horn, but I wouldn't be surprised if this applies to other wives. Again like cats, I think my wife's clown radar is perfectly adequate without the additional audio annoyance. Although as a previous reviewer stated; a pratfall of clowns had fun with the horn on a hen party in Tenerife. So conflicting evidence, I could hypothesise ad infinitum but for now, to keep the review succinct it is probably best simply to state that further study is required in this area.
CAUTION. This has not been tested in the presence of horses and this is a very likely scenario when clowning around on a mountain bike out on the trails. Given the response of cats, extreme caution should be exercised in the presence of horses. Without further controlled trials it is recommended that the standard "whistling the Muppet Show theme tune" continues to be used when approaching horses.
* This horn lives up to it's claims.
* Caution is required around animals, my wife and possibly others.