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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:41 am

Wow!


(lose the gold trim, it's turned into a Chinese tuba stereotype)
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby bort » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:12 pm

Yeah, ditch the tacky gold trim. Otherwise, looks very nice. Definitely a big asss tuba!
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Billy M. » Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:37 pm

That's a BAT alright. If I were in the BBb market and needing something so big on a budget, I'd certainly be tempted to try it.

Good looking horn, Jonathan.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:34 pm

The gold trim is mainly to be eye catching for exhibiting use. The production tuba will as standard be all silver and also be available lacquered with gold brass bell and raw brass.

Gold trim seems to be something some people love and others hate. On Euphonium it is the most popular finish.

I think Dan's comment is tongue in cheek. The greatest 6/4 in the world are 0.75" bore. It is the big bottom bow and bell throat that give the BAT tuba its awesome tone.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby thevillagetuba » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:37 pm

Wyvern wrote:The gold trim is mainly to be eye catching for exhibiting use. The production tuba will as standard be all silver and also be available lacquered and raw brass.

Gold trim seems to be something some people love and others hate. On Euphonium it is most popular.


I think it looks better on euph and trumpet because there is more gold in the ratio between gold and silver. For tubas, it just doesn't have the same effect...

I like the gold trim on a euph, but hate it on the tuba.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:39 pm

Wyvern wrote:The production tuba will as standard be all silver and also be available lacquered and raw brass.


you forgot to say "satin silver"
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:49 pm

58mark wrote:
Wyvern wrote:The production tuba will as standard be all silver and also be available lacquered and raw brass.


you forgot to say "satin silver"

I don't know any facilities outside USA to do such. Even the NIrschl and Yamayork are not available in that finish I believe. Anyone who wants such would be best to buy the tuba raw brass and get satin silver plated themselves after purchase.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:54 pm

I don't know of the procedure for satin, but if it's what I think it is, wouldn't it make more sense to get a silver tuba and have it blasted?
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:15 pm

58mark wrote:I don't know of the procedure for satin, but if it's what I think it is, wouldn't it make more sense to get a silver tuba and have it blasted?

I am sure one of the techs can explain the process, but remember something about base coat of copper plating
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:40 pm

pretty sure that happens on every silver plated thing, ever
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby bort » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:46 pm

Satin silver will make it look like a jacked up 50 years old school tuba that just got restored.

I think you should make it in bright silver only and eliminate the option altogether. This is likely going to be a high end piece in your range, so make it look high end.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Mark » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:49 pm

Also, please consider having a nice case as an option.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:53 pm

The Grand will be in nice hard latched case from the start. We are also planning vented valves as standard, although this has not yet been done on prototype.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Mark Finley » Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:42 pm

All discussion about that constitutes a BAT has been moved to a new thread in the tubenet section. Please continue that discussion there
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby LCTuba89 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:44 am

Tabor wrote:The prototype looks cool. The bugle resembles the old top action Holton. One other modern 6/4 BBb based on that model is said to be very good.


Yeah I own one of the horns based on the old top action Holton. One of the best playing horns money can buy. I can't wait to see what others think of this horn though. I have a feeling the BMB BBb 6/4 wont stay on the market very long if this horn has equal or better characteristics simply because of the independent mechanical linkaged 5th valve. If the 5th valve were independent on the BMB, I would have gotten it.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Wyvern » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:59 am

Chuck Nickles (ex-US Army Band, Europe), designer of the new Grand BBb will be bringing the tuba to NAMM, so any visitors there will get the chance to try and discuss the tuba with Chuck and myself (Jonathan). It plays really great, but two changes we are making to improve ergonomics is to lower the valve set and mouthpiece a couple inches - and bring the valves slightly closer to player. That will make the ergonomics almost identical to the Wyvern CC.

A couple weeks later the Grand will be exhibited at US Army Conference in Washington DC, so another chance to try there.

Then for European customers, it will be at Frankfurt Muikmesse in April (maybe mark 2 prototype by then)
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby LCTuba89 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:55 pm

Wyvern wrote:It plays really great, but two changes we are making to improve ergonomics is to lower the valve set and mouthpiece a couple inches - and bring the valves slightly closer to player. That will make the ergonomics almost identical to the Wyvern CC.


Really?! Thank you! I always found the mouthpipe and valve set were a bit too high for me on my BMB. I have since adapted to it but it's great to know that this horn will be coming out the factory with great ergonomics. Now I really wanna try this horn.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby bububassboner » Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:45 pm

I designed this horn...
The original was designed for me and my back. Since I broke my spine last year I dont want to hold the horn on my lap. So the valve section was placed where it is to make life easier for me. The factory was pretty good about copying what I did for the most part. I have the prototype with me now. We are gonna move the valve block down and closer to the player so there is less of a reach and moves more of the weight closer to the player so there is less "lean" on the horn. We are also going to do a different wrap for the fifth valve (closer to what I originally did) to also move the weight a bit. I'll write up more on the horn on a later date, I'm on vacation now so I'll do that in a few days.

I hope to see a bunch of you in California soon!
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby Jess Haney » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:51 pm

Please post some pics of the new changes.
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Re: New Wessex 'Grand' 6/4 BBb tuba

Postby MoCoTubaBone » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:43 pm

Any idea of how much this 6/4 will weigh? Thanks!
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