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Postby Wyvern » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:30 pm

The new Wessex HB24 BBb Helicon is now on the website. I am personally pleased with how this has turned out. Balance is perfect, it has a gorgeous rich tone and intonation is surprisingly good. And I think you will agree it looks absolutely stunning! :)

https://www.wessex-tubas.com/shop/sousaphone/helicon/hb24-helicon/

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Re: New Wessex BBb Helicon!

Postby Casca Grossa » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:32 pm

WOW!!!
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Re: New Wessex BBb Helicon!

Postby KiltieTuba » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:55 pm

Except for the obvious difference of the bell, it looks like the Dynasty sousaphone with the fourth valve tubing following the body wrap.

In fact, except for the unwrapped third loop, it's this sousaphone:
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Various distributors, like this Thomann.

What's a little curious:

It looks like your quality control let a few quirks by...

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You've got those rings - like the old Conns - on the outer tubing for the slides, yet it's missing on the top of the first on two instruments.

Further, a little odd that you'd have top slides for first and second, but ignore third entirely. You certainly have enough room there for a slide.
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Re: New Wessex BBb Helicon!

Postby kmorgancraw » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:49 pm

"intonation is suprisingly good"

So does that mean that it isn't as bad as you thought it would be?
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Re: New Wessex BBb Helicon!

Postby Wyvern » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:34 pm

kmorgancraw wrote:"intonation is suprisingly good"

So does that mean that it isn't as bad as you thought it would be?

It means the needle is in the middle up and down the scale like a good concert tuba!
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Re: New Wessex BBb Helicon!

Postby mctuba1 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:58 am

Although we dont carry sousaphones i have purchased the 4 valve model for custom orders and these are great horns. Not sure why jonathan says the intonation is surprisingly good as the 4v sousa is great. The only issue i had with this was that it weighs a ton. Changing the bell on it to create a helicon is a cool idea.
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Re: New Wessex BBb Helicon!

Postby Tabor » Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:50 pm

The website says the bore on these valves is .728 and it has a 20 inch bell.
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Re: New Wessex BBb Helicon!

Postby Three Valves » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:04 am

I'd have to try one just for the cool factor!!
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