Description: Euphonium - Besson (30 years old)
Besson,4 valve, compensating, bell upright, euphonium. Made in England. Approx. 35 years old. Was completely rebuilt approx. 15 years ago, however not a lot of playing was done after rebuild. 2 tone brass finish. No mouthpiece as you probably prefer your own. There is a sleeve to put over your mouthpiece (I have used a Bach 12C in the past) at the end of the mouthpiece to make it fit into the shaft of the horn. One small dent in the bell done by the bottom of a leg of a little fold up metal music stand. Small ding in metal "ring" that screws onto horn on the 3rd valve to hold valve in for playing or release valve for removal to wash horn, etc. This horn is a one owner horn. I bought it before going to college with it, and then played for a hobby for the next 25 years. The rebuild was done by a conscientious old world craftsman (Verne was the repair man at Johnny Smith music in Colo. Sprgs., CO) whose work was okayed by the Besson factory. Like most Bessons the compensating 4th valve is used by the left hand and is very quick to respond. I can give you no inclination how it compares to todays compensating valve because I have not tried any Besson after buying this one so long ago. There is a beautiful case that is wooden and covered with gold poofy material on the inside and fake alligator on the outside. The case is made to fit the instruments lines.