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Re: The Helicon is back!

Postby Wyvern » Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:13 am

The prototype for both Eb and BBb helicon have been approved and play great. Better than I could possibly hope. The Eb prototype I play myself all the time. It is my go to horn for marching gigs. I will be playing in France at Thiepval on the Somme for November 11th next week with the Band of the Hampshire Constabulary. One thing highlighted playing the last 3 months is how durable is the new Helicon. Although kicking around with no case and used extensively, it still has hardly no dents of note.

What we are waiting now is for new cases to be made to get the Helicon into production.

Both keys of the production helicon will have easily pullable 1st valve slide ( just under left hand), long enough main tuning slide to cope with large range of temperatures and removable bell for easy transport.

I hope to have on display and to try at NAMM and US Army conference and available to buy as early as we can in 2017.
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Re: The Helicon is back!

Postby sousaphonehero » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:53 pm

Awesome!
I'm glad to hear that they're still on their way. I have been looking for a decent BBb helicon for years and this is exactly what I'm hoping for.
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Re: The Helicon is back!

Postby kmorgancraw » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:54 pm

How much do these weigh? How much heavier is the BBb?
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Re: The Helicon is back!

Postby Wyvern » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:02 pm

kmorgancraw wrote:How much do these weigh? How much heavier is the BBb?

Sorry, I can't tell you the weight until we have got the BBb in our warehouse, but I can say the Helicon is quite a bit lighter than an equivalent sousaphone. Only about ⅔ weight of BBb sousaphone
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Re: The Helicon is back!

Postby Wyvern » Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:13 pm

Me and my helicon are in the news again!

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Re: The Helicon is back!

Postby sousaphonehero » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:24 am

How are the cases coming along? Do you have any pictures?
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Re: The Helicon is back!

Postby Wyvern » Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:55 am

Things are progressing at factory with new Helicons. Here are new BBb (left) and Eb helicon with detachable bells being tested for size in their cases. Both have 4-valves with 1st slides made adjustable while playing. The first expected available for sale will be May 2017

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