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Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:40 pm
by Wyvern
Here is a sneak preview of Wessex new 6/4 York style Monster Eb tuba, the TE668HP. This is the first prototype, so it may yet change in some details once we have evaluated.

Bore is 0.75 to 0.79 inches and bell is 19 inches. This is a professional hand hammered tuba made from sheet brass.

All being well, I hope to have out in time for ITEC 2021.

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:30 pm
by DouglasJB
Do you have an estimated price tag on this horn? I do plan on buying one

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:42 am
by Wyvern
I can’t give you a precise price at present, as we are still working out production costs - but I hope the price will be less than $6,000 lacquered, or $7,000 silver-plated

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:18 am
by bort
That's a really wide and short bell. Is it comfortable for the player? Enough room for your head to be on the mouthpiece and I set the bell?

Perhaps it's just a funny camera angle! But I do remember playing a Cerveny Piggy once, where I questioned how anyone could reasonable fit their head under the bell and reach the mouthpiece.

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:11 am
by cjk
@bort, presumably that's based on this tuba which UncleBeer built. His head seems to fit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phU84ANI5qA" target="_blank

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:10 am
by Wyvern
bort wrote:That's a really wide and short bell. Is it comfortable for the player? Enough room for your head to be on the mouthpiece and I set the bell?
No problem - very comfortable. We are all tuba players, so Wessex would not release anything which did not work :)
cjk wrote:@bort, presumably that's based on this tuba which UncleBeer built. His head seems to fit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phU84ANI5qA" target="_blank
Very similar, but this is design by Chuck Nickles
Casca Grossa wrote:Rotary valve version???
I am hoping to add a 3+1 compensated version, but no plans for rotary valve version

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:14 pm
by cjk
Wyvern wrote: Very similar, but this is design by Chuck Nickles
I'm curious why the need for Chuck to build one when UncleBeer already did?

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:01 am
by Wyvern
cjk wrote:
Wyvern wrote: Very similar, but this is design by Chuck Nickles
I'm curious why the need for Chuck to build one when UncleBeer already did?
Was already built!

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:50 pm
by Kevbach25
Is that bell a new shape? It looks remarkably similar from the angles posted to the Viverna BBb bell, not the Champion Eb bell (intentional, I presume?). Then again, the images could be playing tricks.

This should just be called "Monster" as a nod to the past.

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:27 pm
by Wyvern
Kevbach25 wrote:Is that bell a new shape? It looks remarkably similar from the angles posted to the Viverna BBb bell, not the Champion Eb bell (intentional, I presume?). Then again, the images could be playing tricks.

This should just be called "Monster" as a nod to the past.
It is completely new bell mandrel, with profile of Grand Rapids York tuba bell. As with all Wessex hand-hammered horns, the tuba will be made using German brass (which is a bit harder than Chinese brass).

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:38 am
by Oldschooltuba
I am excited about this horn.

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:00 am
by kingrob76
This has a look similar to the York / Getzen / Kanstul horns, although the Getzen was in CC only. I'm very curious about this creature...

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:43 am
by Wyvern
kingrob76 wrote:This has a look similar to the York / Getzen / Kanstul horns, although the Getzen was in CC only. I'm very curious about this creature...
The Wessex is based on York bell

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:17 am
by Teditiks
Hi Jonathan, any news about the progress on the TE668HP?
Haven't heard or read about it for a while now, but still very curious.

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:03 am
by Wyvern
Teditiks wrote:Hi Jonathan, any news about the progress on the TE668HP?
Haven't heard or read about it for a while now, but still very curious.
I doubt if there will be anything now until I can get to the factory - which I expect to be January

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:19 am
by DouglasJB
Any updates?

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:25 pm
by Wyvern
We will be checking prototype in February

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:14 pm
by TheodoreSmith
Wyvern wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:25 pm We will be checking prototype in February
Very Exciting!

Do you have any idea of price?

Is it handmade?

Re: Wessex New 6/4 Eb tuba - TE668HP

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:22 pm
by Wyvern
TheodoreSmith wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:14 pm
Do you have any idea of price?

Is it handmade?
Yes, will be handmade.

I hope price will be about $6k lacquered, and $7k silver-plated