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Wessex 3/4 Prague vs Cerveny 883- 3/4

Postby eupho » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:18 pm

I am wondering if anyone has been able to compare these two tubas or owns one of them and could review it. The obvious price difference not withstanding. The Prague is of course a BBb and the 883 is a CC. The Prague has a gold brass bell and the 883 has a red brass bell. I like 3/4 size tubas for quintet, preferably CC of course. I am a retired conductor/euphoniumist. Thanks
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Re: Wessex 3/4 Prague vs Cerveny 883- 3/4

Postby Mark Finley » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:25 pm

the 883 is USUALLY a BBb tuba, a dressed up version of the 683 Arion. There may be a CC version, but I've never seen one in the wild
The prague (I own one) is a very good copy of the Arion, or another way to think about it is a shorter version of a miraphone 186. I like the valves better on the cerveny, but otherwise the Wessex is a good horn


here's my detailed prague review. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=69204
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Re: Wessex 3/4 Prague vs Cerveny 883- 3/4

Postby eupho » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:34 pm

Correction the 683 is the CC version and I have only seen it on a European website. Also considering the 3/4 CC BMB.

Mark, thanks for responding. DO you have the Silver or Lacquer model. What situations have you used it in?

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Re: Wessex 3/4 Prague vs Cerveny 883- 3/4

Postby Mark Finley » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:37 pm

this is the 683. It's a BBb. it may be a CC as well, but I've never seen one. these I have seen
http://www.wwbw.com/Cerveny-CBB-683-4-A ... 09234.wwbw

I have the lacquer one. I use it to teach lessons, and I've also used it for community band, and even some quintet gigs, because it's the most in tune tuba I own. Very point and shoot
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Re: Wessex 3/4 Prague vs Cerveny 883- 3/4

Postby Lectron » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:30 am

There is a seperate 883 quality in CC, Cerveny CCB 883
Shorter body, still horizontal MTS

Cannot speak for the Wessex, but can say that the arion was not a bad instrument.
Easy to play. Very responsive, but the Opera was better with more potentional, not to mention
better valves (with micro adjuster), 5th valve and 2nd trigger
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Re: Wessex 3/4 Prague vs Cerveny 883- 3/4

Postby bloke » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:32 am

The John Packer JP379B is another similar instrument, except the entire instrument is 80:20 "gold" brass, the rotors/paddles/linkage (a Chinese-made instrument) are equivalent to German quality, and the links are the large genuine Minibal links.

Pricing is probably between Jinbao pricing and Czech-made pricing. Quality is top-notch.
Occasionally, there are "show/demo" instruments at additionally reduced pricing.
(I sell these instruments.)

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hi-res pic here: :arrow: http://www.jpmusicalinstruments.com/images/P/JP379-Sterling-B-Tuba-Lacquer-Instrument-shot-01.jpg
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Re: Wessex 3/4 Prague vs Cerveny 883- 3/4

Postby Mark Finley » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:37 am

The packer is very good!
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