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New Year Surprise from Wessex Tubas!

Postby Wyvern » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:37 pm

Here is preview of another new model on its way from Wessex Tubas, expected available mid-2018, although we will have sample for exhibiting at US Army Conference (Washington DC) and TMEA in February.

It is a Euphonium Duplex - a two bell euphonium, the second bell providing a trombone (or some people think baritone) like tone - so you can effectively play a duel with yourself, or if playing with band can emit two contrasting tones from the one instrument. These were very popular in USA in the past, but have not been in production for 50 years until now. What makes the Wessex EP105 so special is it is the first fully compensating Duplex.

The euphonium side is based on the EP104 Festivo, so it plays equally great, but the 4th valve is on the left hand together with the switch valve (from euphonium to trombone bell). Euphonium bell is 12 inches (against 11” on Festivo), while trombone bell is 8½inches.

The trombone bell is detachable, so the EP105 can be played as regular euphonium too when required.

Look out for further announcement with exact release date, pricing and high resolution photos of production horn.
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Re: New Year Surprise from Wessex Tubas!

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:44 pm

wow.... just... wow
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Re: New Year Surprise from Wessex Tubas!

Postby Ken Crawford » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:15 am

Thats pretty cool. Seems like keeping the 4th valve next to the other three would be more intuitive.
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Re: New Year Surprise from Wessex Tubas!

Postby windshieldbug » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:28 am

kmorgancraw wrote:Seems like keeping the 4th valve next to the other three would be more intuitive.


But not more practical. I can tell you from using 5 valve double-bells that the left hand first and second fingers are much stronger and facile than the right hand little finger.
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