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Wessex Tubas are delighted to make available a modern ophicleide at a reasonable price allowing tuba and trombone players to use the correct instrument in a lot of 19th century music.
Once you have heard the distinctive tone of an ophicleide, you will soon realise that substituting with a modern tuba, completely changes the sound from what composers such as Berlioz, Mendelssohn, and more, had intended.
The Wessex Bb ophicleide is a modern reproduction of a French Gautrot 11 key instrument dating from (we believe) the 1860s, updated with some modern features, but faithfully following the original. The ophicleide has a glorious tone (when played by someone proficient) and excellent intonation.
The instrument is shipped with a fingering chart and tutor book (with some original music to play) compiled by ophicleide expert, Tony George. The ophicleide is made to accommodate large variations of pitch, so can be used with groups that play in high, or low pitch.
For your peace of mind
Unlike most leading brands, Wessex Tubas offers a 3-year warranty against manufacturing defects on all our instruments, and in the unlikely event that you are dissatisfied with your purchase, we offer a full refund and return within 2 weeks.
You can return any item bought from Wessex Tubas within 14 days of receiving it for a full refund, minus shipping costs. However, please contact us before returning your item so we can provide you with return labels and a collection booking with our dedicated courier to ensure the safe return of your item/s. When returning the item, it must be in its original packaging and in ’as received’ condition. Please note that shipping charges apply to refund upon return of your item and any damage will also result in reduced refund.