PaulTkachenko wrote:How are plans going for a Wessex ophicleide? Now that would be exciting ...
That would be great. Cimbassi are made by many and possible to get, but ophicleides. WIth both a recording bell Bubbie and an ophicleide, maybe also a serpent, plus the ordinary modern instruments the tool box would be well equipped for many situations. Do I need to say that I also would like an ophicleide?!
Considering the terrific instruments to copy (I nominate mine or Nick Byrne's), the incredible simplicity of the manufacture and mechanism, and looking at the saxophone prices from China, it could be a very, very affordable instrument of very high quality!
As for serpents... well, there's no substitute for wood and leather (though I'm hearing terrific things about the new Carbon Fibre instruments from Wetter/Berger). I could never have performed Mendelssohn on my plastic Harding!
Lingon wrote:True, one of the good things with Bubbie is the size and style. Besides, there are contra bass trumpets out there, even a Swedish made instrument..., for those that absolutely want to play trumpet style.
Neptune wrote:Very interesting - the enthusiasm for an ophicleides! I may communicate with a few people off-line.
Yes, if it would cost around 2k, I am sure there would be several sold. Also, what could be great is cheap cases. To my knowledge there are currently no case makers. A backpack style case (a tad bigger than the current bass trombone one) would probably suit a lot of players....
Yamaha YEP-642s Besson New Standard 3-valve compensator Boosey & Co. Solbron ca. 1921 Boosey & Hawkes 19" Bell Imperial EEb