Based on the design of a German classic, this is an excellent 5-valve professional CC tuba which is gaining increasing use by professionals. Great for orchestral playing, or putting a real foundation under a wind band, many buyers think it is even better than the German original.
'Mahler' CC rotary Tuba
The Wessex 'Mahler' is a 4/4 size 5 valve CC tuba. Great for Orchestral players wanting to fill the gap between a 6/4 CC tuba and F tuba. Or versatile to be used as the one tuba for those players only wanting to own a single tuba.
In 2013 a blind test was conducted in US University comparing the Wessex CC to to Miraphone on which it is based. You can read the results here Dudley – MM Tuba Test Project
Feedback in performance:
I have received universal good feedback from conductors playing this CC including compliments on its tone, spot on intonation and its presence in the orchestra without overpowering. For myself behind the bell, this tuba is a real pleasure to play. It is quite the equal of German made CC costing three times and more the price. Jonathan Hodgetts
Kevin Bird says:
Just thought I would write to let you know that I’m now using the Wessex CC Tuba with the National Symphony Orchestra here in the United Arab Emirates. A beautiful rich tone with the versatility of the EEb. A most enjoyable blow.
Graham Sibley, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra says:
Like many,I was sceptical about the Wessex 4/4 CC until one of my students brought one to a lesson for appraisal-I wasn’t for long. He played it,I tried it, and I immediately told him to buy it!! In fact I was impressed enough, to recommended that the Birmingham Conservatoire buy one as the college CC soon after-which they have now done. These tubas represent outstanding value for money. They are very well in tune with themselves, and generally stand favorable comparison with instruments much more expensive. If you are looking for a CC and you are on a budget, the Wessex is seriously worth considering.