Ian Foster tries the prototype Wessex OTS Saxhorn

Yesterday Wessex Professional Artiste, Ian Foster visited Wessex Tubas UK store to buy a Wessex SP28 Eb sousaphone to use for some gigs he has coming up with the Royal Shakespeare Company. While here he tried out the prototype of the new Wessex Tubas OTS (over the shoulder) Eb saxhorn which will be out around the end of 2017.

The OTS is made to play not only over the shoulder in American civil war re-enactment bands, but also to be of used as a kind of valved ophicleide, or bombardon.

Ian agreed for me to video and post some of his play testing for you to hear the unique tone of this instrument which sounds very like the missing link between the ophicleide and the modern tuba making it ideal for playing ophicleide parts, such as Berlioz, Mendelssohn and more with a valved instrument in a modern orchestra. It can also be used to provide alternative tone in brass quintet, for leading parades, as a novelty horn for Tuba Christmas events, maybe for film music and more...

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