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Re: Czech out my review of the Wessex Prague

Postby Lectron » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:53 am

58mark wrote:I'm sure the cerveny is a fine tuba, but honestly, if I was going to buy a new horn in this size again, I would look at the packer first.

I would put packer quality above cerveny at this point.

Some of the JP is just higher mark up Jinbaos, Sterling series seems better thou
And....they have one for ghe same price as the Wessex
https://www.johnpacker.co.uk/prod/jp379 ... -ex-demo-a
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Re: Czech out my review of the Wessex Prague

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:58 am

I don't think this a rebadged JB at all. I've played it, it seemed like a different instrument. Maybe Joe could shed some light on this, he deals with Packer horns

that's a good price!
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Re: Czech out my review of the Wessex Prague

Postby bloke » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:23 am

Lectron wrote:
58mark wrote:I'm sure the cerveny is a fine tuba, but honestly, if I was going to buy a new horn in this size again, I would look at the packer first.

I would put packer quality above cerveny at this point.

Some of the JP is just higher mark up Jinbaos, Sterling series seems better thou
And....they have one for ghe same price as the Wessex
https://www.johnpacker.co.uk/prod/jp379 ... -ex-demo-a" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank


Buy what you want, but that tuba isn't built by Jinbao.
I don't know if any demonstrator versions of that model are in the Carolina warehouse, but if they are - factoring in avoidance of shipping from the UK and avoidance of paying duty - I can probably match that price.

Just fwiw...I have one of the gold brass looks-like/plays-like/is-the-mechanical-equal-to a Meinl-Weston 25 here (the JP379BB) for a bit more (a "demonstrator"). It's a much for fun tuba to play, in my view.
:arrow: a VERY hi-res picture of the JP379BB:
http://www.dfmusicinc.com/marketplace/images/productlarge/JP379-Sterling-BB-Tuba-Instrument-shot-Lacquer.jpg
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Re: Czech out my review of the Wessex Prague

Postby Lectron » Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:21 pm

Yes, that is a completely different horn....
Looking very good.
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Re: Czech out my review of the Wessex Prague

Postby Lectron » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:53 pm

The JP "Arion" can be had from JP for a VERY nice price.
Is it discontinued? Doesn't say anything about being ex-demo.
https://www.johnpacker.co.uk/prod/jp379b-sterling-rotary-tuba-bb-in-lacquer
Anyways....After this and others experiance, purchasing a wessex prague was totally out of the question.
More expensive than a JP, close to a Cerveny in price but cannot match neither in quality.
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Re: Czech out my review of the Wessex Prague

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:49 pm

Today I used the horn for the same quintet gig I used it for last year, and it was great. Not only is it a good size for a quintet, but the intonation is near perfect. It's great having a horn with point and shoot intonation. Never had that before

The valves are still a concern. Looking forward to putting Z valves on it someday. I almost bought a whole cerveny tuba on ebay for $500 to transplant the valve section onto this one, but I held off
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Re: Czech out my review of the Wessex Prague

Postby bloke » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:14 pm

58mark wrote:Today I used the horn for the same quintet gig I used it for last year, and it was great. Not only is it a good size for a quintet, but the intonation is near perfect. It's great having a horn with point and shoot intonation. Never had that before

The valves are still a concern. Looking forward to putting Z valves on it someday. I almost bought a whole cerveny tuba on ebay for $500 to transplant the valve section onto this one, but I held off


...same as with my Jb cimbasso.
Meinlschmidt's .728" rotor casings' dimensions are within the margin of error for an easy transplant.
I grow more and more weary of theses rotors and linkage.
Do they "stick"?
I can't say that they do, but they constantly remind me that they are there...and that just isn't good.
yeah...Jb seems to do pretty darn well with the non-precision parts.
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Re: Czech out my review of the Wessex Prague

Postby Mark Finley » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:19 pm

Yes they randomly just lock up, and they just don't have a good feel

They remind me of the valves on the ybb 641, which I can't stand
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