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  1. First time shopper--please advise.

    I've been lurking for awhile, first time posting. Hopefully I'm in the right spot.

    The time has come for my son to move from a school-owned instrument to a euphonium of his own. He's played a Willson 2900 all through school. We plan to check out the vendors at ITEC next month. Any advice on brands he should be trying? Or just test them all? It would be great to find something that will last him through college and beyond. Thanks in advance for any insight!

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    I would say to test them all! Check out the high-end brands like Willson, Miraphone, Adams, Besson, etc. and see what he likes! There's also plenty of less expensive options that are of great quality too, like Jupiter XO, Wessex, and the Eastman. I might also recommend to have him bring his horn too, to do some side by side comparison. If he likes what he has now, the new Willsons are nice, but it would be good to try them all out just for the experience and to comparison shop!

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    According to what I heard some months ago, Wessex, in addition to its current lower cost Dolce and Festivo euphoniums, might be displaying at ITEC the prototype of a new higher end hand-made model, probably called EP600...

    I have no idea of its specs and playing characteristics yet, but it might be worth while play-testing this new Wessex, along with the Miraphone M5050, Besson, and various iterations of the Adams E3, E2, and E1.

    Regards, Guido
    Euph - Wessex EP104 Festivo - SM4U
    Flugel - Kanstul 1525
    Trpt - Adams A4 LB
    Bb Cornet -Carolbrass CCR-7772R-GSS
    Eb Cornet - Carolbrass CCR-7775-GSS

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    Quote Originally Posted by EuphoniumMom View Post
    I've been lurking for awhile, first time posting. Hopefully I'm in the right spot.

    The time has come for my son to move from a school-owned instrument to a euphonium of his own. He's played a Willson 2900 all through school. We plan to check out the vendors at ITEC next month. Any advice on brands he should be trying? Or just test them all? It would be great to find something that will last him through college and beyond. Thanks in advance for any insight!
    Make sure he brings a large shank mouthpiece along, I think the Willson 2900 takes a Euro shank sized piece where most of the other top end horns and lower priced ones like Wessex take a large shank mouthpiece. Also, there have been cases where a person is really, really interested in an instrument and wants to buy it, but can't quite decide. Some vendors may allow you to take a horn home for the evening (after the display closes) as long as you have it back right when the display opens the next day. This might give your son a chance to play the horn somewhere away from the large amount of noise you may encounter in the vendor hall. Not sure how many do that, but I have heard this happening before.

    And welcome to the forum!!
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone, Edwards T396-A Tenor Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    Don't forget to try the Packer 274. Beautiful tone, great intonation, and it's about the same price as the wessex

    Wessex is coming out with a new euphonium model that is very impressive, but I would choose the Packer over the dolce (and did)

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    Hello 58Mark, what information have you gathered on the upcoming high end Wessex euphonium? ... And have you seen it and perhaps play tested it already?

    G.
    Euph - Wessex EP104 Festivo - SM4U
    Flugel - Kanstul 1525
    Trpt - Adams A4 LB
    Bb Cornet -Carolbrass CCR-7772R-GSS
    Eb Cornet - Carolbrass CCR-7775-GSS

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    Yes, I played it at the army band conference. It's lightweight, very responsive, and the intonation seems to be good from initial testing

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    Thank you 58Mark... Sounds promising... Do you have any other info on this upcoming Wessex eupho... E.g. Bell diameter, trigger, brass type, projected pricing?

    Thanks, G.
    Euph - Wessex EP104 Festivo - SM4U
    Flugel - Kanstul 1525
    Trpt - Adams A4 LB
    Bb Cornet -Carolbrass CCR-7772R-GSS
    Eb Cornet - Carolbrass CCR-7775-GSS

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    No trigger on the one I tested, bell looked like a 12", might have been a hair smaller. NO idea on pricing

  10. Thanks for the tips, especially about having the correct sized mouthpieces. Keep 'em coming!

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