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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby Wyvern » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:24 pm

Nothing can be certain until prototype completed and successful, but here are some plans to help people consider their spending;

To be on website shorty (certain)

French C tuba (6-valves)
Compensated Bb 4-valve baritone
4/4 front piston BBb tuba (4 and 5 valve versions)
19” bell front valve compensated Eb tuba
Over the shoulder Eb tuba/saxhorn
New Bass trombone (designed by Chis Stearn of Scottish Opera)
New F Contrabass trombone with regular rotary valves
New Bb/F 0.547” tenor trombone (in the slide tuning)
Duplex two bell euphonium
3/4 compensated front valve CC tuba Hussar

Under development 2018

6/4 British 3+1 Compensated BBb Leviathan
British 3+1 compensated F tuba
CC Helicon
Fully handmade new compensated euphonium with trigger
German Kaiser BBb tuba
CC/BBb piston valve cimbasso
Handmade front piston F tuba
0.75” bore Monster Eb tuba (new design)

And others not yet planned...which may even be out first if ‘quick-win’

Sorry I won’t enter into discussion on the details of the above although are happy to consider ideas you post
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby Mark Finley » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:53 pm

That's a pretty cool list!
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby UncleBeer » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:48 am

Wyvern wrote:Nothing can be certain until prototype completed and successful


Yep. Instrument design still involves a big slice of trial and error. I was told at the Melton (Meinl-Weston) plant years ago that fully 3/4 of their prototypes end up taken apart or hidden away because they had wonky intonation or inconsistent resonance ('dead' areas).
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby Sousaswag » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:39 am

Both those Eb's sound exciting. Before I bought the BBb, I nearly got a Pt-22p.. I'll have to keep an eye on this forum now!
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby dasanchezr » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:26 am

What about a CC 6/4 rotary tuba? Something in the line with a Neptune or similar
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby Wyvern » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:59 am

dasanchezr wrote:What about a CC 6/4 rotary tuba? Something in the line with a Neptune or similar

We could, but I perceive low demand against piston valves 6/4 CC. Maybe in 2019?
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby kathott » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:25 pm

New Models: The (old) British F Tuba.
Many requests here seem intent on obtaining a cheaper version of existing models, or tweaking previous design concepts. Financial priorities are a reality, but sometimes short sighted. When cost is the overriding factor, the musical gains often suffer.
My own personal desire would be to bring back a "lost sound" - that of the old B&H "F" tuba, a sound now only heard via recordings. We have a huge lot of German and American type instruments now, even a revival of the old French tuba. However, considering the fact that many late Romantic/early modern British composers used the old British "F" as their model, I feel that a market exists for such an instrument, with real performance potential.
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby DouglasJB » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:27 pm

I'd second a LARGE 6/4 Rotary CC.
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby kmorgancraw » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:25 am

Wyvern wrote:
dasanchezr wrote:What about a CC 6/4 rotary tuba? Something in the line with a Neptune or similar

We could, but I perceive low demand against piston valves 6/4 CC. Maybe in 2019?


And please, please, for the love of all that is good, go to this style:

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If Schiller can do it, so can you.
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby Wyvern » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:45 am

kmorgancraw wrote:And please, please, for the love of all that is good, go to this style:

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We already have! All new Wessex have levers of the B&S design (not Miraphone) in SOLID NICKEL (strong!)
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby kmorgancraw » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:52 am

To clarify: All new rotary valve wessex tubas now have this style linkage? Not just new models, but on every older model as well?
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby Wyvern » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:07 pm

kmorgancraw wrote:To clarify: All new rotary valve wessex tubas now have this style linkage? Not just new models, but on every older model as well?

Yes - I don't think we have any old stock with anything else. Most also have removable Z valves, better than supplied by any other company, as they are easy to take out and clean (or even replace).

The rotary valves on new Wessex are quiet and reliable - I will not accept anything else.
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby kmorgancraw » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:17 pm

Well that's a game changer. You should update your marketing to reflect these amazing changes.
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby Wyvern » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:19 pm

kmorgancraw wrote:Well that's a game changer. You should update your marketing to reflect these amazing changes.

I will get photographed when we are next shooting rotary tuba for website and put up
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby dasanchezr » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:22 pm

Wyvern wrote:
kmorgancraw wrote:And please, please, for the love of all that is good, go to this style:

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We already have! All new Wessex have levers of the B&S design (not Miraphone) in SOLID NICKEL (strong!)


Then I made up mi mind I am buying a Berg Soon
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Re: Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

Postby kmorgancraw » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:18 pm

dasanchezr wrote:Then I made up mi mind I am buying a Berg Soon


No kidding. With the new linkage and Z-valves it should be called the Berg 2.0.
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