New Wessex York 6/4 CC Bookmark and Share

TubeNet Sponsors make TubeNet possible!

New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Wyvern » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:13 pm

I am pleased to give you a first glimpse of the new Wessex York Classic 6/4 CC of which the prototype was completed only a few days ago. I had told the factory that this would be Wessex new 'flagship' tuba and they must make a good job, and they certainly took my word and produced a better tuba than even I would have thought possible in China.

Instead of using parts from our new Grand 6/4 BBb, they made entirely new mandrels, so there are no compromises with this tuba. It is build as a CC from the start, and not a cut down BBb. Furthermore they decided to entirely hand-make the tuba in the exclusive 'high-grade' department, hand hammering the bell and all the larger bows in traditional fashion, as done by the smaller German factories. I was told just the top bow alone took two craftsmen two days to make, so much care was taken. I truly believe this is the best quality tuba to ever come out of China.

Due to the hand-hammering the tuba is incredibly light. Although 6/4 size CC, at only 8kg, it is lighter than our regularly TE560 Champion Eb tuba!

Professional testing will now be undertaken, and if favourable, the Wessex TC695 will be out early 2018. I can't give you a retail price as yet, but am aiming for it to be considerably less than anything else equivalent available.

Pictured is Chuck Nickles (ex-US Army Band, Europe and now Wessex technical consultant) play testing the York at factory for the very first time.

Image
Last edited by Wyvern on Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4616
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby thevillagetuba » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:09 pm

Is there a fifth valve, or plans for one? Can't tell if I'm missing it (might be behind the hand, though that would be pretty far up the bugle, but not unheard of--the Baer has a "far" 5th) or if you're testing the prototype without one.
User avatar
thevillagetuba
4 valves
4 valves
 
Posts: 572
Joined: Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:40 am
Location: Cleveland, OH

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Wyvern » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:45 pm

Yes, certainly there is a 5th valve. It is hidden in this picture by Chuck's hand
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4616
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby thevillagetuba » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:50 pm

Wyvern wrote:Yes, certainly there is a 5th valve. It is hidden in this picture by Chuck's hand


Ok, that's what I thought. Food to hear! Can't wait to see this one in person.
User avatar
thevillagetuba
4 valves
4 valves
 
Posts: 572
Joined: Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:40 am
Location: Cleveland, OH

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby bort » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:05 pm

Is that the "short" York leadpipe style?
User avatar
bort
6 valves
6 valves
 
Posts: 8739
Joined: Wed Sep 22, 2004 11:08 pm
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Wyvern » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:21 pm

bort wrote:Is that the "short" York leadpipe style?

Yes, faithful ergonomically to the CSO original. I find surprisingly comfortable to hold and play.

The actual leadpipe itself is Chuck Nickles design
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4616
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:35 pm

I'm surprised you're not calling it "the Chicago" with your history of naming instruments
Formerly 58Mark
User avatar
Mark Finley
Low Brass Teacher
Low Brass Teacher
 
Posts: 4371
Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2004 12:08 am
Location: Mesquite, TX

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby chronolith » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:06 pm

Is there an unobstructed picture of the valve section of the tuba?
User avatar
chronolith
4 valves
4 valves
 
Posts: 518
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2004 2:26 pm
Location: Chicago, IL

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Wyvern » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:41 am

chronolith wrote:Is there an unobstructed picture of the valve section of the tuba?

I am just finalising pricing with factory and once that is completed the horn will be up on the website. That should be before the end of July

I have little doubt that we will go into production with no changes as this tuba as it has worked out so well. One professional that tried could find nothing to fault. In fact he wants one for playing Shostakovich gig later this year. I was not sure what he meant, but he said "it does not feel like a Chinese made tuba"
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4616
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby joshealejo » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:06 pm

Any new, picture, video or price on this Wessex York?
User avatar
joshealejo
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 109
Joined: Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:11 am
Location: Lima-Peru

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Wyvern » Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:29 pm

Here is a picture of the prototype for the new Wessex TC695 6/4 CC tuba
Image
Note as this is prototype, there may be changes before production, although feedback from everyone who has tried in Europe has been so positive, I will not be surprised if no changes are made. A couple of professional comments were "You have really done it this time - I can't fault! This does not feel like a Chinese tuba" (whatever that means?). Another said it is more responsive than the Yorkbrunner they played and intonation is so solid that slide pulling is not required. The prototype is now in USA for professional testing and sign-off. I anticipate Wessex having one to try at US Army Tuba/Euphonium Conference and TMEA in 2018 - with first batch for sale, Spring 2018. Planned price is in four figures, so less than anything comparible available - although still more than any other tubas in the Wessex range, remembering the TC695 is entirely handmade with hand-hammered bows.

Also expected out at the same time will be the TB692 6/4 BBb Grand and an entirely new 4/4 piston valve BBb.

These with all Wessex production is now done by new dedicated team at Jinbao of their best craftsman working full-time just building for Wessex Tubas to ensure the high quality that Wessex demands.
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4616
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Steginkt » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:54 pm

Any chance of getting this beauty in raw brass as well?
Steginkt
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 48
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:49 pm
Location: Appleton, WI

Re: New Wessex York 6/4 CC

Postby Wyvern » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:01 pm

Steginkt wrote:Any chance of getting this beauty in raw brass as well?

I know a few people who would like raw brass, so we will be making that option available.

That is also good option for people who want satin silver - buy raw brass and get plated to your personal taste in the US
See our fantastic new website at www.Wessex-Tubas.com

Visit our Facebook page
User avatar
Wyvern
Wessex Tubas
Wessex Tubas
 
Posts: 4616
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Hampshire, England when not travelling around the world on Wessex business


Return to TubeNet Sponsors

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests