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Thread: For those who've never heard an ophicleide before...

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    For those who've never heard an ophicleide before...

    Not a lot more to be desired in terms of tone.

    Matter of fact, this is a very enviable sound, even up against a state-of-the-art euph in the hands of a great artist.

    Of course, Mr. Morvan is a great player anyway.

    Play this thru a decent audio system, please.

    Zip to 2:00 to bypass the chat, unless you speak French.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBNH-RLrC94

    Dennis
    Last edited by highpitch; 03-28-2018 at 01:17 AM.
    3 notes and the truth.

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard, early model Wick 4AL
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1917 Conn C/D/Eb mellophone original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original, Bach 5GS

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    Thank you for posting this.
    Wessex BR140
    Bunch of Eb tubas

  3. And Douglas Yeo in ensemble:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUS-NJ8nSnI

    And Tony George demonstrating the BBb Wessex:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQX6A8DWB-Y

    And the Sidney Ophicleide Quartet, with tonal superiority on the Mendelssohn and technical brilliance on the Telemann:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG5pbPcXnC0

    And finally, the original orchestration of Berlioz using both serpent and ophicleide, as well as 19th century woodwind instruments and horns with Berliner valves, along with other period brass, before Berlioz re-wrote the parts for tuba, with magnificent clarity and texture:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG5pbPcXnC0
    Last edited by iiipopes; 03-28-2018 at 09:19 AM.

  4. You can hear Morvan fighting intonation issues with his ophicleide, although it does sound nice overall.

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    They were very capable instruments in the right hands.

    Dennis
    3 notes and the truth.

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard, early model Wick 4AL
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1917 Conn C/D/Eb mellophone original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original, Bach 5GS

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