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Postby Wyvern » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:47 am

Wessex genius tuba designer, Chuck Nickles has today put together new 6-valve rotary F tuba based on the Berg which will be Wessex new TF436 ‘Linz’. The 5th valve is a flat step and 6th valve flat half step. Obviously the prototype needs finishing with left hand rotor levers, but we can already say it plays as well as its 5-valve brother.

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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby Steve Marcus » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:00 am

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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby ren » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:23 pm

awesome!
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Postby binlove » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:09 am

Boy, Chuck looks happy with how this one turned out!
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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby Doc » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:34 am

I’m looking forward to testing it.
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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby tofu » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:04 pm

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Is that Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs? ;-)
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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby bloke » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:21 pm

a very nice picture of Chuck, and (to me/opinion) the appearance of the 6-valve version is a lot more handsome than the 5-valve.
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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby ren » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:28 pm

Is this due in 2019? Ill take the one Chuck is holding right there.
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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby DouglasJB » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:10 pm

I can't wait for a chance to order one of these
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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby Doc » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:58 pm

Jonathan,
Any idea when one will be available for public testing?
Thanks!
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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby Wyvern » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:04 pm

Doc wrote:Jonathan,
Any idea when one will be available for public testing?
Thanks!

Wessex will be exhibiting at, Music Austria in October, Midwest in December, Washington Army Conference in Jan/Feb (not sure of date yet), TMEA in February and ITEC in June. First sales batch will likely be about March 2019.

To wet your appetite now, here is video of Will Druiett play testing prototype at the factory this week

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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby tubaport » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:36 pm

Sounds great! Jonathan, ideas on the price range you'll plan for this one?
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Re: A New Wessex is Born!

Postby Wyvern » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:59 am

tubaport wrote:Sounds great! Jonathan, ideas on the price range you'll plan for this one?

About $4,500 gold brass bell lacquered, or $6,000 silver-plated - that is handmade in our new high-grade department with triple thickness silver-plating
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