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Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:03 pm
by Mark Finley
I have an offer in on a used German Contra, but if that doesn't go through, I'm going to buy a wessex. I just can't make myself get trapped in JIm laabs customer service hell. The wessex is more expensive, but I know Jonathan will take care of it if something goes wrong.

I'm going to polish up my small Conn and put it on the market to pay for it. It's a gamble doing that before my Frankentuba is finished, but I'm pretty confident it will turn out nice, and I don't need two Eb tubas

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:10 pm
by Bob Kolada

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:25 pm
by bloke
Bob Kolada wrote:https://www.dillonmusic.com/p-24826-dillon-contrabass-trombone.aspx" target="_blank


Fwiw


:tuba:

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:31 pm
by Mark Finley
Bob Kolada wrote:https://www.dillonmusic.com/p-24826-dillon-contrabass-trombone.aspx" target="_blank


Fwiw



Very interesting. I guess I need to see if I can find out more about the Dillon. See if it's stock jinbao, or has some upgrades to it

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:38 pm
by bloke
I'd bet you could get a free upgrade to a "Matt Walters look-over".

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:42 pm
by Mark Finley
Pm already sent

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:52 am
by Casca Grossa
Damn you Mark!!! The more I see pictures and the more I hear, the more I want one!!! I can't look away. That link to the Dillon horn makes it look like a weapon of mass destruction. All I can think is "excuse me while I whip this out" and "Hulk Smash".

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:08 am
by Mark Finley
here a pic of me playing one. It looks rather normal in my hands, but I'm 6 foot 8.

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Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:12 am
by Mark Finley
the Wessex website has some great pics. One reason it's tempting to upgrade to the wessex over the stock Jim Laabs horn is not only the gold brass bell (I'm a gold brass fan) but also the fact that if something unspeakable happened, I know Jonathan would help get parts for repairs. I"ve heard enough horror stories about Jim Laabs I don't think I would get the same service

https://www.wessex-tubas.com/shop/tromb ... -trombone/

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:22 am
by Mark Finley
some of my favorite youtube links showing them in action







Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:52 am
by Casca Grossa
Damn!!! That almost looks like a small bore tenor in your hands!!! It looks like I am watching the same videos as you.

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:56 am
by Mark Finley
This is my family. My wife is on soprano, I'm on Alto, My daughter is on Tenor, and my son is on bass. If we do this again, I guess He'll play the contrabass. I would, but his main instrument is percussion, and secondary is Tuba.

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Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:03 am
by Casca Grossa
58mark wrote:This is my family. My wife is on soprano, I'm on Alto, My daughter is on Tenor, and my son is on bass. If we do this again, I guess He'll play the contrabass. I would, but his main instrument is percussion, and secondary is Tuba.

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Saw that one on your Facebook page. So cool that you can do things like that with your family. My kids never really got into music but I did grow up in a family of 7 kids and four of us were brass players and all of us played more than one instrument. We always had fun playing Christmas gigs and small ensemble stuff at church. I miss those days.

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:20 pm
by Mark Finley
Still waiting on the results from the offer on the German horn, really hoping the seller accepts it. Wessex is out of stock of the contras for a couple of weeks, so even though the Eb is sold and I have the money burning a hole in my paypal account, I have to be patient.

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:28 am
by KiltieTuba
58mark wrote:Still waiting on the results from the offer on the German horn, really hoping the seller accepts it. Wessex is out of stock of the contras for a couple of weeks, so even though the Eb is sold and I have the money burning a hole in my paypal account, I have to be patient.


I almost traded-for/bought a German double-slide BBb contra a number of years ago. I just couldn't commit to it.

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:39 am
by Mark Finley
This is an F with two valves. I'm excited, I hope I get it

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:16 pm
by tuben
As this isn't tuba related, should it not be in the offtopic section?

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:53 pm
by Mark Finley
"musical talk"

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:44 am
by Mark Finley
Just ordered the wessex!

Re: My contrabass trombone obsession

PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:45 am
by Casca Grossa
58mark wrote:Just ordered the wessex!


Congrats!!!! Can't wait to see it!!!