EP100 Wessex ‘Dolce’ Compensated Euphonium

Dolce euphonium

Lacquer $1,248
Lacquered with Gold Brass bell $1,296
Silver $1,380
Silver/Gold $1,440

(shipping $60 to anywhere in Continental USA – discounts for quantity order)

Taking note of customer feedback, we have made the Wessex compensated euphonium even better with new floating off-the-bell leadpipe at more ergonomic angle, added a revolutionary button water key on the 2nd valve slide where most water collects (a facility not on any other brand of euphonium), provided a water gutter to fit under the valves, and even included a better mouthpiece – all with no price increase. Making the Wessex the best value professional compensated euphonium available.  


Bell: 300mm (12″)
Bore: 15mm (0.59″) valves 1-3, 16.8mm (0.66″) 4th valve 
Weight: 4.2kg (9.25 lb)
Gold brass leadpipe
Tuning Slides: Nickel (outer&inner)
Stainless steel valves with nylon valve guides
Supplied with foam case and mouthpiece

Call Andy on 616-843-6888 or email Sales@Wessex-Tubas.com today with enquiries, or to order.

Floating leadpipe at ergonomic angle

Floating leadpipe at ergonomic angle

Off-the bell leadpipe

Off-the bell leadpipe

2nd valve button water key

2nd valve button water key

Euphonium case

Euphonium lightweight case


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19 Responses to EP100 Wessex ‘Dolce’ Compensated Euphonium

  1. Michael kirby says:

    I just received my silver and gold euphonium today and have had about 4 hours experience using it. It plays smoothely and sounds amazing. I’ve had several people look at it, including my band director, who is a euphonium major and they all said it plays better than some rivaling brands, including Yamaha and York. I personally love the leadpipe positioning and the 2nd valve water key. I strongly recommend it and look forward to my future experiences with Wessex.

  2. Bob Wucher says:

    I just received my new euphonium after ordering it late last week. Kudos to Wessex for very fast order processing and shipping.

    After growing up playing the tuba and not touching an instrument for decades, I decided it was time to start playing again, if only for my own enjoyment. I decided on the Euphonium for its beautiful sound and more manageable size over the tuba I use to play.

    I searched eBay and Amazon for new and used Euphoniums, and after being totally confused by the different brands, I decided to research some of the chat boards with comments from real musicians. The Wessex brand kept coming up as a good value and quality instrument.

    My new bright silver Euphonium was delivered today in perfect condition, and I was especially surprised at the nice case it came with. The instrument seems flawless, and I tested it with a tuner and did not have to make any adjustments. I wish I could say the same for my skill level, but this wonderful Euphonium will provide the motivation to work on that part.

  3. Dominic Morlan says:

    I purchased my Dolce Compensating Euphonium in Silver w/ Gold for training at the US Army School of Music. I am very impressed with my horn, and it has been a delight breaking it in. The buying process was very simple, and Andy was kind enough to let me sit in an try multiple horns at their US branch in Michigan. Wessex has done a great job improving this horn to the standards of their customers.

  4. A couple of months ago, Cincinnati Symphony performed Mussorgsky’s Picture of an exhibition. Our tuba player got really sick at the beginning of the week, and I had to step in to play Bydlo. I tried three euphoniums, two by reputable makers, and a Wessex.
    From the beginning the quality of sound and solid intonation stood out. After a couple of days of going back and forth, the Wessex was a clear winner. The concerts went smooth, getting great reviews.
    I then decided to contact Wessex, and order one for myself.
    Talking to Andy was a treat. Andy is very knowledgeable, patient, kind and professional.
    I received my Wessex (silver/gold), and I can’t be happier.
    The Wessex euphonium is well built, no shortcuts taken in the process, great sound, solid pitch and great valves!
    Not to mention the cool looking, light case.
    Thank you Andy, and kudos Wessex.
    Cristian Ganicenco
    Principal Trombone, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

  5. Al Bischoff says:

    I heard a lot of great things about Wessex Euphoniums from various musicians. I decided to purchase one about a week ago and now that I have it, I can see why everyone is raving about these horns. It feels well built and very sturdy . Putting some Warburton PDQ oil on the valves make them move like butter which is helpful for most of my solo literature. The horn plays very open in all registers; the pedal range can honk and the upper range can sing. I like that all the slides have water keys so no more fumbling around trying to get slides back in during a concert. I have yet to come across one thing I don’t like about it and I feel I won’t. It was definitely worth the money and I feel like this will be my main horn for years to come. Now I can finally retire my 1969 Besson Imperial.

  6. Chad Smith says:

    I received my Dolce yesterday. It is very awesome to play. I recently was playing the Besson 1065 model and there are some similarities between the two. Most importantly, the differences between the two are exactly the differences that I was hoping to find. I have been seeking for an affordable euphonium that develops a beautiful tone and great intonation, while maintaining openness in all registers and swift valve action.

    The Besson 1065 had nice tone quality in the middle register, but it chokes in the upper and lower registers giving a very pinched sound and feeling. Not only that, but the valves were very cheap and sticky. Incredibly frustrating to play fast songs.

    The Dolce plays with equal ease in any register which makes any song enjoyable because you do not have to become anxious about any notes. The redesigned lead pipe is truly a great idea. This provided significantly noticeable comfort while playing. The thing that I love most about playing it is that there are certain pitches that resonate so powerfully that you can feel the frequencies throughout your entire body. It’s great. I used to play on the YEP-642 and I would say that the Dolce plays just as well but is much easier to play because it is more lightweight. This one is a keeper!
    Thanks Wessex!

  7. Wessex Tubas says:

    Wessex supplies Canada from UK

  8. Sounds very good. Highly praised by the prof. of tubas and euphoniums at the U. of
    Victoria in British Columbia.

    What is the total price, including delivery?

    I am curious. Where are you located?

  9. Paul Del Bravo says:

    My beautiful new Dolce euphonium arrived today, (in A1 condition, no Customs damage) and it’s absolutely lovely. Everything fits properly, and with a light dose of Blue Juice the valves feel nice already and I’m sure will be great in a week or two.

    The sound is smooth and round, but well-defined, and it speaks clearly with no effort at all. I shall really look forward to getting to know it.

    The contrast to my Besson student euph (1065) could hardly be more extreme. I had grown accustomed to a free mid-range and stuffy top, slides that either stuck or dropped out, and rough edges all round.

    Don’t know why some folks are snobby about Chinese made instruments – this one is a real winner, and well-worth the wait.

    Many thanks for a lovely horn at a great price – and the hat was a nice touch too.

    Best wishes,

  10. Tim Olt says:

    I had my university purchase two of these and we could not be happier! It inspired me to purchase one of my own.

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  12. Dave Allan says:

    I have now had my new wessex Euphonium for 5 days, what a cracker! As a pro trombone player I have doubled on Euphonium for the last 35 years and have always played a sovereign, my wessex is every bit as good, very responsive great sound and intonation, Thank you Wessex!

  13. Jay Cross says:


    Thanks a million! We received the instrument today…what a showpiece! Alexia instantly fell in love with it upon seeing it. We noticed that there are no Youtube demonstrations of this instrument? Could it be because it is too new? Anyway, we will be sending you a couple of videos of our 13 year old daughter Alexia playing some short pieces with the Dolce. Please feel free to utilize them how ever you wish, you have our permission! Also you may use us as a reference for prospective customers who are not familiar with the brand. Thank you once again for the super fast shipment.

    Much Gratitude,

    Jay Cross
    Leah Murry

  14. Dave Mildren says:

    Just picked up my Wessex Compensating Euphonium in Lacquer. I’ve played Sovereign since they came on the market in the late 70’s and before that Imperials. The Wessex is by far superior in every way. And £3000 cheaper. “Forget the Rest, Wessex is Best”

  15. Robin Kent says:

    I have always played medium bore Besson Imperial and Sovereign instruments. I was worried that I might have trouble filling the instrument but no it’s great and I can really make it “speak” down at the bottom end of the register. The overall build quality and finish is excellent and again the valves are spot on. Why would you want to pay £3000 – £4000 for a Euphonium when you can get this quality at a fraction of the price.

  16. Suzanne Derych from Huddersfield says:

    I am absolutely delighted with my new Wessex euphonium (silver plated). It produces rich, clear tones in all registers and at all levels of dynamic contrast. I play in a wind band and a brass band and the euphonium tunes in very well with other brass and wind instruments, without needing to adjust the tuning slides at all. I am the only euphonium player in the wind band and other musicians have made plenty of positive comments about the quality of sound they can hear coming from the new instrument on the back row! The valves move freely and are very responsive – great for faster sections of music. Finally, the instrument looks fantastic and is finished off well. The case is quite large, but lightweight and protects the instrument very well.
    I have a musical background, but have only been playing the euphonium for two years. Although I have never played a professional euphonium to compare this one with, I am amazed at the quality of sound and the ease of playing which the Wessex euphonium offers, considering the competitive price. It’s so much better than my previous student model.
    Jonathan was very helpful when I telephoned Wessex Tubas for information about the euphonium and he offers an excellent level of service. The instrument was delivered quickly and was packaged up perfectly. The two-week trial gives customers peace of mind when making a purchase, but my mind was made up in less than half an hour!
    Many thanks for the personal service!

  17. Mike Thompson says:

    Got first chance to give it a go last night, very impressed. I have been playing Besson’s for over forty years, have now retired from playing in bands, so wanted my own at home. It is perfect for me, and plays well.

  18. Paul Legenhausen says:

    The horn is wonderful! It plays so nicely, sounds terrific, it’s beautiful, and the intonation is amazing. I’ve had many very good comments on how nice it sounds from the other low brass players, and others, in the community band I play in. I’m the euphonium section and have been for the past 3 years so I know it was me they heard! One of the trombone players also plays euphonium and has a Sterling Virtuoso. He tried out my horn and the first thing he said was that the valves are much better than his Sterling. It really is an amazing horn.

  19. David French, Burnside Brass says:

    I bought a Wessex Compensating Euphonium and I have to say it is money well spent. I have played with many different bands, including Championship bands and this euphonium is one of the best for warmth of sound and easy playing.

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