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New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby Wyvern » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:06 am

Chuck Nickles and Jonathan Hodgetts examine the new Wessex CC Helicon at our factory in China. Thanks to Carl Kleinsteuber for his design.
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Re: New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby Kirley » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:28 am

Interesting. Is the final product also going to have a fixed bell?
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Re: New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby Wyvern » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:30 am

Kirley wrote:Interesting. Is the final product also going to have a fixed bell?

No, bell will be removable. Also we will be offering 5th dependant valve to fit in 4th valve loop
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Re: New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby Matthew Gilchrest » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:20 pm

Looks like a fun horn!
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Re: New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby Ed Jones » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:49 pm

The body was no doubt copied from a 1907 Buescher BBb helicon.
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Re: New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby UncleBeer » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:27 pm

Ed Jones wrote:The body was no doubt copied from a 1907 Buescher BBb helicon.


Some changes were made to bring it up to CC (obviously) and to match up with the valve set.
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Re: New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby Ltrain » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:25 pm

Is this still happening?

I’m now asking purely out of curiosity. Since this project was first announced, I’ve relearned BBb fingerings and I’ve become proficient playing Eb-length tubas... which I may not have done had this instrument been released Q4 2017... so I’m not ungrateful! 8)
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Re: New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby tclements » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:26 pm

I'll take one. 5 valve, please.
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Re: New Wessex CC Helicon

Postby Wyvern » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:43 am

So far have production prototype. Will be out early 2020.

Developing all new horns that require new moulds takes time.
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