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.
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.
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)
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.
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.