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Postby Wyvern » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:13 pm

I am pleased to give you a first glimpse of the new Wessex York Classic 6/4 CC of which the prototype was completed only a few days ago. I had told the factory that this would be Wessex new 'flagship' tuba and they must make a good job, and they certainly took my word and produced a better tuba than even I would have thought possible in China.

Instead of using parts from our new Grand 6/4 BBb, they made entirely new mandrels, so there are no compromises with this tuba. It is build as a CC from the start, and not a cut down BBb. Furthermore they decided to entirely hand-make the tuba in the exclusive 'high-grade' department, hand hammering the bell and all the larger bows in traditional fashion, as done by the smaller German factories. I was told just the top bow alone took two craftsmen two days to make, so much care was taken. I truly believe this is the best quality tuba to ever come out of China.

Due to the hand-hammering the tuba is incredibly light. Although 6/4 size CC, at only 8kg, it is lighter than our regularly TE560 Champion Eb tuba!

Professional testing will now be undertaken, and if favourable, the Wessex TC695 will be out early 2018. I can't give you a retail price as yet, but am aiming for it to be considerably less than anything else equivalent available.

Pictured is Chuck Nickles (ex-US Army Band, Europe and now Wessex technical consultant) play testing the York at factory for the very first time.

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Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby thevillagetuba » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:09 pm

Is there a fifth valve, or plans for one? Can't tell if I'm missing it (might be behind the hand, though that would be pretty far up the bugle, but not unheard of--the Baer has a "far" 5th) or if you're testing the prototype without one.
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Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Wyvern » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:45 pm

Yes, certainly there is a 5th valve. It is hidden in this picture by Chuck's hand
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Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby thevillagetuba » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:50 pm

Wyvern wrote:Yes, certainly there is a 5th valve. It is hidden in this picture by Chuck's hand


Ok, that's what I thought. Food to hear! Can't wait to see this one in person.
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Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby bort » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:05 pm

Is that the "short" York leadpipe style?
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Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Wyvern » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:21 pm

bort wrote:Is that the "short" York leadpipe style?

Yes, faithful ergonomically to the CSO original. I find surprisingly comfortable to hold and play.

The actual leadpipe itself is Chuck Nickles design
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Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby 58mark » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:35 pm

I'm surprised you're not calling it "the Chicago" with your history of naming instruments
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