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Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

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Here is a sneak preview of Wessex new 6/4 York style Monster Eb tuba, the TE668HP. This is the first prototype, so it may yet change in some details once we have evaluated.

Bore is 0.75 to 0.79 inches and bell is 19 inches. This is a professional hand hammered tuba made from sheet brass.

All being well, I hope to have out in time for ITEC 2021.
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Do you have an estimated price tag on this horn? I do plan on buying one
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I can’t give you a precise price at present, as we are still working out production costs - but I hope the price will be less than $6,000 lacquered, or $7,000 silver-plated
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That's a really wide and short bell. Is it comfortable for the player? Enough room for your head to be on the mouthpiece and I set the bell?

Perhaps it's just a funny camera angle! But I do remember playing a Cerveny Piggy once, where I questioned how anyone could reasonable fit their head under the bell and reach the mouthpiece.
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@bort, presumably that's based on this tuba which UncleBeer built. His head seems to fit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phU84ANI5qA" target="_blank
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bort wrote:That's a really wide and short bell. Is it comfortable for the player? Enough room for your head to be on the mouthpiece and I set the bell?
No problem - very comfortable. We are all tuba players, so Wessex would not release anything which did not work :)
cjk wrote:@bort, presumably that's based on this tuba which UncleBeer built. His head seems to fit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phU84ANI5qA" target="_blank
Very similar, but this is design by Chuck Nickles
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Wyvern wrote: Very similar, but this is design by Chuck Nickles
I'm curious why the need for Chuck to build one when UncleBeer already did?
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cjk wrote:
Wyvern wrote: Very similar, but this is design by Chuck Nickles
I'm curious why the need for Chuck to build one when UncleBeer already did?
Was already built!
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Is that bell a new shape? It looks remarkably similar from the angles posted to the Viverna BBb bell, not the Champion Eb bell (intentional, I presume?). Then again, the images could be playing tricks.

This should just be called "Monster" as a nod to the past.
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Kevbach25 wrote:Is that bell a new shape? It looks remarkably similar from the angles posted to the Viverna BBb bell, not the Champion Eb bell (intentional, I presume?). Then again, the images could be playing tricks.

This should just be called "Monster" as a nod to the past.
It is completely new bell mandrel, with profile of Grand Rapids York tuba bell. As with all Wessex hand-hammered horns, the tuba will be made using German brass (which is a bit harder than Chinese brass).
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I am excited about this horn.
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This has a look similar to the York / Getzen / Kanstul horns, although the Getzen was in CC only. I'm very curious about this creature...
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kingrob76 wrote:This has a look similar to the York / Getzen / Kanstul horns, although the Getzen was in CC only. I'm very curious about this creature...
The Wessex is based on York bell
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Hi Jonathan, any news about the progress on the TE668HP?
Haven't heard or read about it for a while now, but still very curious.
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Teditiks wrote:Hi Jonathan, any news about the progress on the TE668HP?
Haven't heard or read about it for a while now, but still very curious.
I doubt if there will be anything now until I can get to the factory - which I expect to be January
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Any updates?
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We will be checking prototype in February
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Wyvern wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:25 pm We will be checking prototype in February
Very Exciting!

Do you have any idea of price?

Is it handmade?
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TheodoreSmith wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:14 pm
Do you have any idea of price?

Is it handmade?
Yes, will be handmade.

I hope price will be about $6k lacquered, and $7k silver-plated
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Nice to see it on the site now, can't wait for the reviews. It ticks just about all my boxes for a new horn.
Just out of curiosity, how come it lost three places in the naming scheme? :)
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