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    Another update on the FrankenBesson: I picked...

    Another update on the FrankenBesson:

    I picked up the reassembled horn on Monday and was only able to play it a little that evening. The following evening I had a gig and had the dilemma of whether...
  2. Poll: I find it very interesting how I started on...

    I find it very interesting how I started on trumpet/cornet way back when (early 70s) and converted to "baritone" whereas my youngest daughter started on euphonium in 5th grade.
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    The bell installation is complete! The...

    The bell installation is complete!

    The restored upright bell was soldered to the ferrule on the body and the braces were put in place. Interesting to note is that the Besson euphoniums of this era...
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    With the bell restoration finished, assembly...

    With the bell restoration finished, assembly could begin. The remainder of the horn is nearly dent free. The lacquer finish is freckled; but, time and finances do not support a complete strip and...
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    I have some updates on the FrankenBesson project....

    I have some updates on the FrankenBesson project. The bell had been a hot mess as purchased. Initial rolling had gotten it to a semblance of the correct shape. After a trip through the dent machine...
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    I played for many seasons with Baltimore's...

    I played for many seasons with Baltimore's Marching Ravens which was the band which started in 1947 as the original Colt's Marching Band.
    Check these out; I am in the movie:
    ...
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    Check out Baltimore Brass website: ...

    Check out Baltimore Brass website:

    http://www.baltimorebrass.net/index.php?cat=4

    This is their euphonium page. To sort, select "Used" at the pull-down menu.

    There is a King Cleveland 3 valve...
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    Very good advice; I think you are correct sir in...

    Very good advice; I think you are correct sir in saying to steer clear of a horn this rough. I have done a bit of repair work myself and have bought really rough horns just for the parts. So, while...
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    Thank you. I have no idea about the valve stem....

    Thank you.
    I have no idea about the valve stem. Each manufacturer seems to have had their various ways of doing things. It is possible it was done post factory. However, I just looked at my other 3...
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    This page has information on Bessons from a 1958...

    This page has information on Bessons from a 1958 catalog. This model was made at least into the 70s based upon serial numbers seen.

    https://horn-u-copia.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1181698452/3
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    Besson Frankenhorn

    I am in the process of making 2 Besson euphoniums out of 3.

    The background:
    A friend of mine, Todd Clontz owns Rosso music. Todd is an excellent instrument repair man and many interesting...
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    I am resurrecting my old thread to say I am no...

    I am resurrecting my old thread to say I am no longer looking for the parts to the Besson.
    I purchased another 3 valve compensating Besson on ebay to use as a donor for parts. The 3 valve and the 4...
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    I posted about this a few years ago. My daughter...

    I posted about this a few years ago. My daughter became quite used to using front action 3v piston horns (both upright and forward bell) in middle school. I wanted to get her a 4v horn for high...
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    I have one in the same serial number range (as...

    I have one in the same serial number range (as well as another 4 valve w/ removable front bell). As far as I have been able to determine, the 3v compensating is a model 176.
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    The length of the shank of a mouthpiece can vary...

    The length of the shank of a mouthpiece can vary within a given taper size. Also, some mouthpieces have had the end shortened for various reasons (damage, "gap" adjustment etc.) This matters when...
  16. I hope you like it as well as I like mine.

    I hope you like it as well as I like mine.
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    I tend to agree that the sound crew was overdoing...

    I tend to agree that the sound crew was overdoing it a bit.
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    I attended this concert. It was amazing.

    I attended this concert. It was amazing.
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    Lubricating the tools definitely helps. The...

    Lubricating the tools definitely helps. The burnishers, mandrels, rollers etc. must be kept highly polished; the lubricant helps protect them from surface rust. There is also an adhesive tape sold...
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    A few years ago, I helped a friend transport home...

    A few years ago, I helped a friend transport home a tuba that was shipped via bus. He had a very small car and we also took my SUV. The cardboard box was huge and too big even for my vehicle so we...
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    I have one of these as well as a fixed bell up 3...

    I have one of these as well as a fixed bell up 3 valve compensating from the same era. I can use one or the other since I have to swap finger buttons and valve caps having not yet found or made...
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    Check out Votaw Tool at www.votawtool.com They...

    Check out Votaw Tool at www.votawtool.com
    They make and sell tools for instrument repair but they also sell some common parts. Bonus is that they sell to the public.
    Most of the larger valve stems...
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    I am amused and confused by the instrument...

    I am amused and confused by the instrument cleaning fears instilled in young musicians. It seems to be done by school band directors. Maybe they have repair shops telling them a "pro" cleaning is the...
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    Weril H980 Several Years On

    I have a Weril H980 euphonium that I purchased new several years ago. I thought I would post some of my experiences owning and playing for those who might encounter these on the used market since...
  25. I have one of these dated to 1945. Mine is in...

    I have one of these dated to 1945. Mine is in good original condition and plays as well as any dbe I have ever owned or played (several...)
    While this may seem like a high price, considering what I...
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