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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby the elephant » Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:27 pm

I would really like to see some extended videos on the ophicleides that show them playing in all 12 keys. I know these have been discussed, but I wanted to cast my ballot here in the Sponsor Forum. I am interested in buying one of these at some point in mid 2017, and something demonstrating the horns' intonation and tone in all keys in the normal playing range would help me figure out what I would like to learn on.

Also: Don't you sell a method for these, too? Perhaps materials from this book plus some standard low brass stuff like Rochut?

I look forward to viewing these videos when they are posted. Thanks!
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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby the elephant » Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:31 pm

58mark wrote:This is far more appropriate as a standard thread. I have changed it.


Thanks for keeping it where it needs to be. I did not know there was such a thing as a Global Thread setting on this board. We "Non-Team" members do not need to have access to that setting, I think. ;-)
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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby marccromme » Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:07 pm

A video of the Danube and the Berg would be much appreciated!
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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby arpthark » Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:27 pm

I am curious to see the Bombino in action.
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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby cktuba » Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:37 pm

Wyvern wrote:
bort wrote:Get him to play test everything you have for as long as he possibly can. I should think he would enjoy extending his stay in England for as long as possible, and not returning to Venezuela! :shock:

Must be my English sense of humour - I don't understand that comment??? :roll:


The economy of the country of Venezuela is in freefall. People are struggling just to get by... $200 loaves of bread etc. I think that's the point being made.
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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby sousaphone68 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:12 am

I would like to hear the Bubbie 5 in Eb and F.
The Helicon would be good to hear as well.
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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby iiipopes » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:15 pm

I didn't read the rest of the thread, but anybody who has followed my Wessex posts knows what I'm interested in: BR115.
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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby bort » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:04 pm

cktuba wrote:
Wyvern wrote:
bort wrote:Get him to play test everything you have for as long as he possibly can. I should think he would enjoy extending his stay in England for as long as possible, and not returning to Venezuela! :shock:

Must be my English sense of humour - I don't understand that comment??? :roll:


The economy of the country of Venezuela is in freefall. People are struggling just to get by... $200 loaves of bread etc. I think that's the point being made.


Correct. Venezuela is not the best place in the world to be right now, and England is exponentially better. The joke is, forcing him to stay in England would be doing him a favor.
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Re: What Wessex would you like video demo?

Postby Wyvern » Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:53 pm

bort wrote:The joke is, forcing him to stay in England would be doing him a favor.

I think wherever you might live in the world, it is what you make of your life that really matters and creates satisfaction. The country may be in a bad way, but if he has a position he enjoys playing in an orchestra, then that is far more important than doing a less rewarding job in a more prosperous country.

'Achievement is far more important than possessions' is a lesson I have learned going through life.

Just my thoughts...
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Re: Igor Martinez visits Wessex Tubas to make videos

Postby Wyvern » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:05 pm

Igor Martinez visited Wessex Tubas on Sunday and spent all day play testing the range and recording demonstration videos. I recorded so much that my 128Gb iPhone ran out of space! So it will take a while to go through, edit and upload - but most of the tubas and euphonium (and bell front baritone) in the range were recorded.

Igor gave me comments on each tuba as he played which were very interesting. Here are a few;

The EP100 Dolce euphonium he really could not fault - his comment was 'perfect' with much easier and in tune high register than most euphonium. He bought a Dolce for himself.

The new front action EP104 Festivo euphonium prototype he commented had more resistance in its present form (Wessex are modifying). He thought trombone doublers would like, but not so much existing euphonium players.

The front bell baritone sounded good in his hands and the projection was noticeably more than the bell up euphonium. He thought would be good in a jazz situation.

Moving onto tubas we went firstly through Eb's. Igor preferred the 16½" bell Solo compensated Eb over the 19" bell version. Sound was more focused he felt which actually makes it project more. Igor bought a Solo Eb.

Trying the new front action TE465 Gnagey Eb he found it played even better than the Solo. His only criticism was he did not like the ergonomics - he found it rather a reach to the valves.

The new TE495 rotary Danube he found played well, but with a different sound from the piston Eb's. He thought its sound was half way to an F tuba.

Moving onto C tubas, the one that Igor loved was the new TC590 Wyvern. He said the perfect balance between focus and breath of tone. For me listening the Wyvern stood out tonally against all the other tubas. My perfect tuba tone - hearing Igor play had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. I will be amazed if this tuba is not used to win a major audition in the near future. I know people will think I am up-playing to sell, but I genuinely think the Wyvern is really special! I know it is the tuba I will now mostly be playing. Needless to say Igor bought a Wyvern for himself.

The new rotary Anton C tuba he thought sounded and played rather like the Thein his colleague in the Simon Bolivar Orchestra plays.

Onto BBb's, the surprise (to me) favourite was the TB576 XL tuba. Igor thought that the perfect tuba to play Russian repertoire, particularly Tchaikovsky or Prokofiev with easier legato than any other tuba across wide range. Other BBb's he though had better low register, but the XL the most even across the whole range. He said he much preferred the XL to the Fafner owned by his orchestra (another surprise!).

Trying the two F tuba, the Strauss and the Berg. The Strauss he found had the biggest tone and would make great orchestral F tuba. The Berg he felt sounded more soloistic, although could also be used in the orchestra.

I will post the videos as soon as I can, as I know many people are keen to hear.
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Re: Igor Martinez visits Wessex Tubas to make videos

Postby iiipopes » Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:27 am

Thanks for including BR115!
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Re: Igor Martinez visits Wessex Tubas to make videos

Postby Three Valves » Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:50 am

Impressive warehouse, look forward to hearing...
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Re: Igor Martinez visits Wessex Tubas to make videos

Postby Ken Crawford » Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:43 pm

In regard to the wyvern being used to win a major orchestral audition, the same sentiment has been expressed about the PT6 clone. I guess the race is on.
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Re: Igor Martinez visits Wessex Tubas to make videos

Postby Three Valves » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:54 am

I saw one video on Facebook, nice effect.

More??
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Re: Igor Martinez visits Wessex Tubas to make videos

Postby iiipopes » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:28 pm

Yes, please! Any word on when the rest of the sound clips will be posted?
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Re: Igor Martinez visits Wessex Tubas to make videos

Postby Doc » Thu May 24, 2018 9:54 pm

Any vids on the XL?
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