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Postby Wyvern » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:31 am

Wessex Tubas are this next two weeks at our factory in China, quality assuring and developing new instruments. Here is a sight to please tuba players - 4 of our new 6/4 CC tuba being checked before finishing.

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The one being played by Chuck Nickles is a special version of the tuba, with 18" bell, the "Chicago-Presence", which we actually prefer to the regular 20" bell "Chicago-York". It gives the tuba a more focused tone and an immediate response more like you would expect of a 5/4, while still having the power of a 6/4.

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There are lots of other exciting developments, so look out for further posts. I will try to post daily during our visit.
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Postby kmorgancraw » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:25 pm

Will you have both examples at the Army Tuba Euphonium workshop in 2018?
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Postby Wyvern » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:34 pm

Definitely both at Army conference, and a lot more too
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Postby Wyvern » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:42 am

Here is first view of Wessex new 4/4 BBb tuba, the "Dragon" - which will be available in both 4-valve and 5-valve versions. This is a completely new Wessex design and not a clone of anything. Bell is 19" and bore starts at 0.75". Both versions will be exhibited at US Army workshop and TMEA next February - and be available from March 2018.

This model replaces our previous TB580 Michigan model being of similar size.

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Postby Wyvern » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:08 am

Here is taster of another new model just developed today and will be available 2018. New design F contrabass trombone with regular rotary valves which will be flexible to play in D or C and Db or Bb

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Postby LowBrassNYC » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:19 am

Is that going to be a tuning-in-slide contra in F?
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Postby Wyvern » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:08 am

LowBrassNYC wrote:Is that going to be a tuning-in-slide contra in F?

No there is slide in the bell
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Postby Mark Finley » Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:39 am

It will be nice to see an affordable contra on the market that isn't a clone. I love the flexibility of the valve tuning, brilliant!
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Postby LowBrassNYC » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:54 pm

Looks great! Any chance of doing a cut-bell?
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Postby Wyvern » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:57 am

LowBrassNYC wrote:Looks great! Any chance of doing a cut-bell?

Are you talking about a removable bell?
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Postby Mark Finley » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:43 am

I can't wait to play the rotor contrabass at TMEA
. It took me 5 minutes looking at the fake hagmann valves on my contra to realize there has to be a better way. Even Edwards offers a traditional rotor trombone now, it seems the "tried and true" rotors are coming back into style. . I'm so glad that John packer didn't go with Thayer valves on its excellent rath designed bass.
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Postby bloke » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:15 pm

I personally view Thayer valves as "a concept"... something interesting to discuss in theory, but…

A local person brought me a Jinbao-made double fake H-valve bass trombone, because it would not play for them. I removed the valves and showed those valves to them. Even though they were saddened when they looked at those valves, they had to laugh.
They then asked me if I was interested in buying that instrument from them for a very low price. I expressed sympathy, but also pointed out to them that it was of no more use to me than it would be to them.
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Postby hrender » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:23 pm

The proportions of "the dragon" are very nice. It will be interesting to hear how it sounds & plays.
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Postby Wyvern » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:00 pm

hrender wrote:The proportions of "the dragon" are very nice. It will be interesting to hear how it sounds & plays.

Wessex will be exhibiting widely in 2018, starting with US Army workshop and TMEA
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Postby MikeMason » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:01 pm

We need a piston f!
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Postby LowBrassNYC » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:54 pm

Wyvern wrote:
LowBrassNYC wrote:Looks great! Any chance of doing a cut-bell?

Are you talking about a removable bell?

Yes, like what's common on horns and is trending with tenor and bass trombones. Could make for a lower profile case and easier to transport.
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Postby Wyvern » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:30 am

MikeMason wrote:We need a piston f!

Not just one, but two very different piston F are in development. Both we hope to have prototypes to exhibit at US Army workshop.
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Postby KiltieTuba » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:30 am

What are you expecting a possible price for the standard rotor F contrabass trombone?
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Postby Wyvern » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:35 am

KiltieTuba wrote:What are you expecting a possible price for the standard rotor F contrabass trombone?

It has to cost a bit more than the previous model to cover development costs, but I want to keep under $3,000
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Postby KiltieTuba » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:28 am

Wyvern wrote:
KiltieTuba wrote:What are you expecting a possible price for the standard rotor F contrabass trombone?

It has to cost a bit more than the previous model to cover development costs, but I want to keep under $3,000


Awesome!

Time to start saving up...
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