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Thread: NEW Front-Action Compensated Euphonium

  1. Got a chance to try this out at the DC conference. I only played it for a few minutes, but it seemed to play very well. I would agree with the previous comment that it felt very light and responsive. I couldn't really comment on the sound, as the room was pretty noisy, but I was pleasantly surprised. I will mention however that I felt it was more difficult to hold while standing than a standard "top valve" model, although this could've just been me.

  2. Unfortunately this horn didn't work very well for me at all when I tried it. The issues were two fold:

    1. Having the sound come into my left ear is distracting. Not so bad on my Conn 24I when I use a front facing bell, but I have the same feeling when I play the Conn with a straight bell.
    2. The horn was awkward for me to hold. My stomach sticks out too far (hint!) and the horn presses against my diaphragm when I hold it it the most natural way. Holding it away from my body is very uncomfortable due to its weight. I have the same issue with my Conn 24I but it is much lighter.

    I think it is a good horn, but not for me.

    Sterling Virtuoso 1052HS & Adams E3 Prototype 0.70 Top Sprung valves
    Sterling Virtuoso 1050HS baritone
    New England Brass Band
    Winchendon Winds/Townsend Military Band

  3. #33
    I e-mailed Wessex today about the availability and price. I was advised to check back in April. So I guess it is on hold.
    John Packer JP274L Euphonium
    “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven

  4. I'm visiting the Wessex USA store in Ferrysburg, Michigan today (7/21). I'm planning to try the Festivo’ Front-Valve Compensated Euphonium – EP104, since I know there are a number of people that are interested in this model. I prefer top action valves myself, but it will be interesting to try a comp front action. Are these in stock to try?

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  6. #36
    OK, Experts! It has been 2˝ years since anyone made a post on this horn. What is the verdict on this horn? I’m giving this model strong consideration for ergonomic reasons. After 65 years on trombone, I can no longer hold a trombone without causing nanny-goat like vibrato on sustained tones. I bought a Schiller Elite to determine if I could hold a euphonium without my essential tremors interfering. I need Your input on this model if you have any. Thanks for your help! Joe, U.S. Army Bands retired.

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