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  1. The Dolce is not a clone. Wessex have done...

    The Dolce is not a clone. Wessex have done continued development over several years
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    The 3+1 valve layout is very much a British...

    The 3+1 valve layout is very much a British tradition - almost universally used in brass bands with the compensation system, which much aids nibble playing in the low register, which would be...
  3. Wessex new product reveal and recital today!

    New product reveal
    https://www.facebook.com/WessexTubas/videos/384295358856409/

    Recital by Will Druiett
    https://www.facebook.com/WessexTubas/videos/420678505147101/
  4. As this problem is the 4th valve specifically, I...

    As this problem is the 4th valve specifically, I would guess (difficult to diagnose remote) that the problem is the valve stem is slightly bent and the actual metal button is hitting the valve cap....
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    Sticky: New Wessex email addresses!

    In order to improve Wessex Tubas customer services, we now have a new email system with new 'musical' email addresses (I wanted these to reflect the spirit of the company and not be the regular...
  6. The 4th valve lock is to protect the stem from...

    The 4th valve lock is to protect the stem from getting bent, rather than anything to do with spring. If the stem is bent even slightly the 4th valve will stick. Therefore always locking down 4th...
  7. Most Jinbao production is through a production...

    Most Jinbao production is through a production line. Worker just completes one process and passes on. I think some of the more boring or hard processes do have a regular staff turnover. However...
  8. Pleased you are enjoying the Dolce and our...

    Pleased you are enjoying the Dolce and our service experience was good (we do try). I hope you get lots of good playing from the euphonium.

    On the silver-plated, Wessex horns now get 6-times more...
  9. Gene Pokorny to Open Wessex New Chicago Showroom!

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    World renowned tuba player Gene Pokorny of the Chicago Symphony will be at the Grand Opening of Wessex Tubas new showroom in Roselle, near Chicago.

    Held on April 13th between 11am and 6pm...
  10. Wessex uses Resilience Valve Oil #1 Light. This...

    Wessex uses Resilience Valve Oil #1 Light. This oil suppresses build up of deposit on the stainless steel valves with a chemical coating
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  11. For finish my recommendation would be...

    For finish my recommendation would be silver-plated as the most durable (gold looks great new, but does wear over time, as gold is a soft metal). As you are in South Africa where it gets hot, sweat...
  12. It means the bell is made of gold brass - which...

    It means the bell is made of gold brass - which in Wessex case is 84% copper
  13. Just spoken with Chuck. The valve caps will be in...

    Just spoken with Chuck. The valve caps will be in the mail tomorrow
  14. Barry, I thought that had long since happened....

    Barry, I thought that had long since happened. Wessex now has a team of people, and I don’t generally get involved with the small details so much myself now. Chuck Nickles is handling parts supply. I...
  15. Wessex New Chicago Showroom open to visit

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    Steve Marcus playing a Wessex “Prokofiev” in the new Wessex Showroom in Roselle, a western suburb of Chicago. It’s close to several major highways with no need to drive through the City of...
  16. Thank you for the review which I will copy to the...

    Thank you for the review which I will copy to the Wessex team so we can improve the experience of both customer service and product. I think your problems in contacting Steve were because you...
  17. I would not suggest the Bubbie 5 for playing in a...

    I would not suggest the Bubbie 5 for playing in a band - it is strictly a practice tuba. You would be far better going for a TE333 Elf Eb tuba or TB330 Imp BBb tuba - both of which are light and easy...
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    The simple thing is regulatory requirements have...

    The simple thing is regulatory requirements have delayed opening. We could not even start refurbishing the premises until Wessex Tubas had all the relevant licences and was a registered business in...
  19. Wessex Tubas Manufacturing Process - Video!

    https://youtu.be/kc7AxeVgrMA
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    This is something we have looked at extensively....

    This is something we have looked at extensively. Sometimes the leading edge of valve thread is rough/damaged causing issues. You can minimize the chance of problems by;

    1) Pushing down on valve...
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    This applies to all the low brass, so also...

    This applies to all the low brass, so also euphonium, baritone and trombones. Most high-brass will become part of the Overture range, as Wessex is mainly a low brass company
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    Wessex Quality Improvements

    I posted a lengthy reply about Wessex quality on Facebook, you may find interesting, so copy below;

    Thank you for the nice comments on Wessex tubas, and apologies to those that have previously got...
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    Sorry, just to clarity - the double bell...

    Sorry, just to clarity - the double bell euphonium is an exclusive product of Wessex. Not a product of Jinbao who are in fact a sub-contractor for Wessex. Our relationship over the last couple years...
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    There have been two different leadpipes on the...

    There have been two different leadpipes on the Festivo. The original Swan Necked style to provide less of a curve around the bell, Besson style - then a straight leadpipe from the Duplex euphonium...
  25. Not sure who told you that, but they are gold...

    Not sure who told you that, but they are gold plated - not titanium gold.

    Unfortunately gold is a lot softer metal than silver and there is the problem that it wears poorly for some users,...
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