New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba Bookmark and Share

TubeNet Sponsors make TubeNet possible!

New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:49 am

New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba is now on websites and we are taking pre-orders against the first batch, expected in June.

USA - http://www.wessex-tubas.com/product/te465-gnagey/
UK - http://www.wessex-tubas.co.uk/product/te465-gnagey/
Australia - http://www.wessexbrass.com.au/#!product-page/cg7d/3847ce4c-7c23-21cb-2961-56fac6ced871

The Gnagey will be one of the tubas Wessex will be exhibiting at the US Army workshop next week. Do come and give it a try - I am sure you will agree it is an amazingly good tuba. Another original design from Wessex of which we are very proud!

Image

Image
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4853
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby bobn » Tue May 03, 2016 11:52 am

Hi Jonathan,

Can you compare and contrast the new Gnagey and Danube Eb tubas for me? How might each work in brass quintet and as a do it all tuba? Also, how do they compare in low and high registers.

I'm considering replacing my Yamaha YEB321 (with added fifth valve) with one of these two.

Thanks,

Bob
bobn
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 48
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:18 am
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby hup_d_dup » Wed May 04, 2016 9:24 am

I play in a brass band with two Wessex Eb compensating tubas. They are similar, but one has the lead pipe lifted off the bell. I also notice that the Gnagey has the lead pipe attached to the bell. Could you explain the advantages of each position?

Second question, is there only one Gnagey prototype at this time, and will it be at ITEC?

Hup
hup_d_dup
4 valves
4 valves
 
Posts: 643
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:10 am
Location: Tewksbury, NJ

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby Mark Finley » Wed May 04, 2016 10:44 am

I'm really looking forward to trying both of the wessex non compensating Eb tubas at ITEC!
User avatar
Mark Finley
Low Brass Teacher
Low Brass Teacher
 
Posts: 4900
Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2004 12:08 am
Location: Arlington TX

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Wed May 04, 2016 3:15 pm

I would say the Gnagey has a broader tone than the Danube. The latter has more of a large F tone.

The off the bell lead pipe is to increase resonance, while on the bell lead-pipe more focuses tone. The effect is very subtle and a matter of preference. I personally prefer off the bell, while Sam Gnagey designed his Eb to have lead pipe on the bell.

Both the Gnagey and Danube Eb's will be at ITEC.
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4853
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby yadent » Thu May 05, 2016 1:19 am

Hi Jonathan,

How viable would the Danube Eb be in a traditional British Brass Band? Would it be able to generate the volume needed for such a situation? I do understand there is always the question of player ability/effort, but considering a player of average talent........
yadent
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:27 am
Location: Out West

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Thu May 05, 2016 2:31 am

The Danube certainly can be played in Brass band. No problem with projection.

But I would not use it as only tuba in concert band, as it would not provide contrabass tuba foundation to the band. As one of section, particularly in solo role will give definition and work fine.

Of course this all depends on player behind mouthpiece!
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4853
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby TheGoyWonder » Thu May 05, 2016 10:30 am

I've tried it, there is a big difference in focus between this and the compensator. Dense tighter sound, while the compensator is deep but has a broad frequency band and less directionality. Fascinating how leadpipe placement contributes, but also the Gnagey leadpipe is longer which could be the larger factor.
TheGoyWonder
4 valves
4 valves
 
Posts: 533
Joined: Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:11 am

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby yadent » Tue May 10, 2016 6:23 pm

Hi Jonathan,

Couple of questions, is the Danube that was demonstrated at the Army Conference (the lacquered one) the same bell size and bore as future Danube production models, and what mouthpiece suggestions would you have for the Danube? I'm trying a G&W Matanuska on that recently purchased instrument....possibly a smaller Eb/F mp needed? BTW, so far I'm very pleased with my Danube! Can't wait for an actual 'play' situation.
yadent
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:27 am
Location: Out West

Re: New Wessex TE465 Gnagey Eb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Tue May 10, 2016 6:54 pm

yadent wrote:Hi Jonathan,

Couple of questions, is the Danube that was demonstrated at the Army Conference (the lacquered one) the same bell size and bore as future Danube production models,

The prototype exhibited at Army conference has smaller diameter bell than production model. Bore has not been changed.
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4853
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business


Return to TubeNet Sponsors

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests