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Re: Any opinions on the New Wessex 6/4 BBb or Helicon?

Postby Doc » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:16 am

Frank Ortega wrote:Hello Tubenetters,

I just noticed the New Wessex 6/4 BBb and BBb Helicon on their website.
Has anyone tried either of these and formed an opinion?

Very curious!

Thanks,
Frank


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I tried the 6/4 BBb and both 6/4 CC tubas on Saturday, but not the helicon. I'm like Karl Hovey - Iiked the 20" CC more than the 18" CC, but the tuba that really impressed me was the Grand BBb. Big, broad sound and tons of presence. Responsive, agile, and even in all registers.Nice low range - not a complete frre blow like a Miraphone 1291/191, but great for a BAT. If I was going to purchase a big piston BBb (or CC), this thing is he bomb, especially for the money.
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Re: Any opinions on the New Wessex 6/4 BBb or Helicon?

Postby Mark Finley » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:33 am

I have played it twice. The tone is glorious, the feel is very good, if I had to say something slightly negative about it is the f at the bottom of the staff is slightly flat, but that may be something that could be dealt with in time. It's a common problem on large horns so if it was in tune it would practically be a miracle. I do think and I pointed this out to Jonathan, that the whole horn play they touch sharp and needs a longer main tuning slide, he said he would address it
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Re: Any opinions on the New Wessex 6/4 BBb or Helicon?

Postby Doc » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:47 pm

Mark Finley wrote:I have played it twice. The tone is glorious, the feel is very good, if I had to say something slightly negative about it is the f at the bottom of the staff is slightly flat, but that may be something that could be dealt with in time. It's a common problem on large horns so if it was in tune it would practically be a miracle. I do think and I pointed this out to Jonathan, that the whole horn play they touch sharp and needs a longer main tuning slide, he said he would address it
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Re: Any opinions on the New Wessex 6/4 BBb or Helicon?

Postby Doc » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:52 pm

Mark Finley wrote:I have played it twice. The tone is glorious, the feel is very good, if I had to say something slightly negative about it is the f at the bottom of the staff is slightly flat, but that may be something that could be dealt with in time. It's a common problem on large horns so if it was in tune it would practically be a miracle. I do think and I pointed this out to Jonathan, that the whole horn play they touch sharp and needs a longer main tuning slide, he said he would address it


Mark,

I always need them to be shorter. I guess it's because of my big mouth. LOL Since they are going to need to fix this on the new ones, just have Jonathan send that flawed Grand BBb to me instead of junking it or retiring it. I will make good use of it and, of course, promote the brand. ;-)
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Re: Any opinions on the New Wessex 6/4 BBb or Helicon?

Postby Art Hovey » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:26 am

I played on the BBb helicon last week at the Army Tuba Conference and liked it. I also brought in my own Buescher (with the Bohm & Meinl valve section which has been my favorite tuba and main money-making horn for 50 years) for comparison. I am still happy with it, but would be equally happy with the Wessex. The removable bell is an especially nice feature.
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Re: Any opinions on the New Wessex 6/4 BBb or Helicon?

Postby ken k » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:08 pm

The BBb helicon played very nice. But it was VERY heavy. Much heavier than my Pan American.

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Re: Any opinions on the New Wessex 6/4 BBb or Helicon?

Postby tubaport » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:06 pm

I played the Bb Grand prototype last year. It was by far the first Wessex horn I’ve enjoyed the sound on and will consider owning. Resonates well and has a big dark sound. Intonation was good (all issues fixable). Not really anything I could compare it to which is kind of nice since it is its own model. Would love to hear how it sounds in a large ensemble but all early tests looked good to me.
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Re: Any opinions on the New Wessex 6/4 BBb or Helicon?

Postby Wyvern » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:59 pm

I have just dropped off a Wessex Grand 6/4 BBb (together with both versions of Chicago 6/4 CC) with Chris Olka of Cincinnati Symphony to thoroughly play test and make video reviews. So look out for those in the next few weeks.
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