Wessex Tubas - what would you like?

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KKORO wrote: Any estimated dates?
I would think out 2020. We may have prototype for Midwest this year, but I can’t promise
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Have Wessex been working with the Champion/Solo Eb basses in any way?
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AnorakHorn wrote:Have Wessex been working with the Champion/Solo Eb basses in any way?
They’ve been moved to high grade production
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Wyvern wrote:
AnorakHorn wrote:Have Wessex been working with the Champion/Solo Eb basses in any way?
They’ve been moved to high grade production
Thanks for that info!
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*bump* @Jonathan,

It has been a wee bit too quiet in this excellent thread. You have certainly your days full of exciting work, and not a lot of time for keeping this thread supplied with news and info. Please accept but a humble request for an update regarding what there is in waiting for us interested.

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Teditiks wrote:*bump* @Jonathan,

It has been a wee bit too quiet in this excellent thread. You have certainly your days full of exciting work, and not a lot of time for keeping this thread supplied with news and info. Please accept but a humble request for an update regarding what there is in waiting for us interested.

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For new product releases - the new EP600 hand-hammered compensated euphonium is just going into production, as is a 5-valve version of the Kaiser (TB790) and at last the Over-the shoulder Eb saxhorn (OTS) now playable at 440Hz or 452Hz, with the bell pointing backwards or upwards for concert use.
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I just noticed on the website that there are 2 pics of a 3V BBb helicon included with the listing for the 4-valver. So... is that an option now?

Also, any update on when the new and improved neck and bits might be available?
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Yeah, how did I miss that?? :shock:

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Still nothing about the CC helicon, I'm thinking about taking some measurements of my king 1130, doing some math, making some molds of the bugle to the mts, then fabricating a CC bugle to attach to a donor valve cluster.
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The mandrels for the CC Helicon are being made now. Should be available the first half of 2020.

For the 3/4 CC, design being finalized - probably also the first half of 2020

The TF556 front piston F is being tweaked and yes, you have guessed it, also likely the first half of 2020

Those not involved in brass manufacturing will not appreciate how long it takes to get a new horn to market from initial inception. Even once the design is finalized and all mandrels are made, from my first order to delivery to customers is 7 months.

The next new horns out will be the TB790 5-valve Kaiser, the OTS Over-the-shoulder Eb saxhorn, the EP600 Sinfonico hand-hammered euphonium and the TF458 British F tuba.

No secret that the British F is the one I am personally most excited about - that is an incredible tuba which won over my heart the very first time I heard and played. For those of you that can’t cope with the 3+1 compensated system, a 5 front valve version is planned - that being a fairly small F, will nicely compliment the larger TF556 mentioned above.
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Any update on the 6/4 Eb Bat?
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DouglasJB wrote:Any update on the 6/4 Eb Bat?
Prototype being measured at present
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I would love to see a 5/4 CC with rotary valves close to the size of a PT6 or similar or the current Kaiser tuba in CC with five valves.
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Hello Jonathan,
What has happened to the "Leviathan"?
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roughrider wrote:Hello Jonathan,
What has happened to the "Leviathan"?
Just about to go into production in two forms after extensive testing. TB691 with regular formed bows (like Grand) and TB681 hand hammered from sheet brass (like Prokofiev). Both with rotary 4th valve
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I’d like the last six feet or so of the Lucerne made of fiberglass to get it under 20lbs.
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Casca Grossa wrote:3/4 5 rotary CC
The TC337 just about to go into production
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cktuba wrote:
Wyvern wrote:
KKORO wrote:I would like an "Anton" like tuba made "high grade."
There is a completely new high-grade rotary CC in development

Any more news on this? I'd love to see something similar in size to the MW Tuono, with bell shape similar to the BBb Kaiser.
That is one waiting in line for development. Won’t be before 2020
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Three Valves wrote:I’d like the last six feet or so of the Lucerne made of fiberglass to get it under 20lbs.
That is actually been considered, but I prefer carbon fibre.
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A smaller York CC or Large 5/4 CC looking like a 5450 Thor or PT6 with York style tubing configuration.
True/Large 5/4 CC. Not Wyvern 5/4 ("4.5/4").
5 Rotary Kaiser CC similar to Melton 197/2
F tuba that is very large for an F tuba to which may feel a bit like a contrabass tuba
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