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Wessex Stumpy

PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:18 pm
by arminhachmer
Has anyone purchased or tried a Wessex Stumpy? I am shopping for a spare, back up, walk about, small/handy BBb tuba. The Stumpy appeals to me with the relatively large bore.

Any experiences/impressions/opinions to share?

Would appreciate it.
Armin

Re: Wessex Stumpy

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:13 pm
by edsel585960
They are a decent horn. I thought it was a bit stuffy when playing but that was a good trade off for the size and weight. Could make alot of noise with it.

Re: Wessex Stumpy

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:52 pm
by arminhachmer
Hey Dan. Do you have one?

Re: Wessex Stumpy

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:35 pm
by edsel585960
Not anymore.

Re: Wessex Stumpy

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:37 pm
by bigtubby
IMO you would be far better off with an Amati ABB 223 which are actually playable and can be had for very little money on the "pre-enjoyed" market.
http://www.amatiusa.com/tubas-amati/abb-223

<Edit> Not a Jim Laabs fan but they sell the European built ABB 223 for hardly more than the stuffy Chinese piece:
https://www.jimlaabsmusicstore.com/store/amati-abb-223-series-34-bbb-tuba/

Re: Wessex Stumpy

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:54 am
by edsel585960
bigtubby wrote:IMO you would be far better off with an Amati ABB 223 which are actually playable and can be had for very little money on the "pre-enjoyed" market.
http://www.amatiusa.com/tubas-amati/abb-223

<Edit> Not a Jim Laabs fan but they sell the European built ABB 223 for hardly more than the stuffy Chinese piece:
https://www.jimlaabsmusicstore.com/store/amati-abb-223-series-34-bbb-tuba/

The Amati 223 was an nice 1/2 to 3/4 size horn. They could take a good beating by kinds and still play.

Re: Wessex Stumpy

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:58 pm
by joh_tuba
If they are all like the one I saw about a year ago then I would run far far away. It should have never been sold to a poor unsuspecting customer.