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  1. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    Matzeuph, Serial number 890008 is the last...

    Matzeuph,

    Serial number 890008 is the last known completely English made instrument manufactured at the former Besson Edgeware Road facility in London. After that, the tooling was shipped out, the...
  2. This horn was SOLD for $1,250

    This horn was SOLD for $1,250
  3. Micah, I agree with Fujifilm on sources re:...

    Micah,

    I agree with Fujifilm on sources re: the development of the Sovereign GS and the Prestige. My first reaction is that you are personal friends with Stephen Mead and have studied under him....
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    They had a senior technician who knew how to do...

    They had a senior technician who knew how to do this work. He retired. They were unable to hire/train a replacement who could do this work adequately (they tried) so they left the business.
    ...
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    I had my 1980 round stamp redone around mid...

    I had my 1980 round stamp redone around mid 1990's. It was a lacquer horn with lots of wear due to the fragile nature of the old nitrocellulose lacquer that Besson used. No serious dents, but lots of...
  6. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    Very nice. A beautiful horn. Enjoy!

    Very nice. A beautiful horn. Enjoy!
  7. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    Is this right at solder joint such as a major...

    Is this right at solder joint such as a major joint or near a brace? It could be solder splash that never got cleaned up before the silver plating. If it is on what otherwise would be a clean flat...
  8. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    The "tube that turns to the right" is called the...

    The "tube that turns to the right" is called the upper bow. The tube that connects from the tuning slide to the upper bow is the one I believe you are talking about. Do you have pictures? Are you...
  9. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    That is the upper bow. Do you have pictures? Are...

    That is the upper bow. Do you have pictures? Are you talking about distortions or dents in the brass or bubbles in the silver plating?
  10. Thread: Besson Prestige

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    The 2004 Prestige is a late, late "English" made...

    The 2004 Prestige is a late, late "English" made Besson, though by that time the factory at Edgeware in London road had been shutdown, tooling and fabrication had moved to Schreiber-Keilwerth in...
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    OK, now that we have totally taken Mike Taylor's...

    OK, now that we have totally taken Mike Taylor's original For Sale post around the globe and back...Someone out there: BUY MIKE"S GORGEOUS Adams E3!!!!
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    Specs on Alliance Euphonium Mouthpieces

    Well, many years later, but I now own both an E3 Prestige and E3A Standard. I also once owned a DC3. All are(were) silver with gold rim and cup. I sold the DC3 some time ago. At one point, I even...
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    John, I never owned a partridge in a pear...

    John,

    I never owned a partridge in a pear tree, but at one point not so long ago, I had a Besson 2051 euph, my Sterling Virtuoso, a Holton superbone, a 1928 Beuscher p-shooter trombone, a Couesnon...
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    John, the fact that my horn was a prototype and...

    John, the fact that my horn was a prototype and had been "around the farm" at conferences and trade shows prior to making it to Austin Custom Brass made the deal that Miel and Trent offered me all...
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    I purchased the horn on March 22, 2017 at Austin...

    I purchased the horn on March 22, 2017 at Austin Custom Brass. The horn had travelled around to conferences and shows for awhile. I selected it because it was the only E3 in stock that sounded better...
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    I will say that the main advantage of the top...

    I will say that the main advantage of the top sprung, short throw valves is the agility. I am approaching age 70 and have recovered from two broken fingers and three trigger fingers (two of which...
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    Barry, thanks. I knew that but my brain was in...

    Barry, thanks. I knew that but my brain was in reverse. Old age ya know!
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    Serial Number data

    To follow up on the previous post. I do not believe that Sterling maintains exact records of their serial numbers, but for relative comparison:



    Sterling Virtuoso Euphonium - 1065HGS 753776...
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    Sterling Virtuoso Model and Serial Numbers

    Hi all,

    In a previous posting, I had provided incomplete information about Sterling Virtuoso model numbers. After texting with Paul Riggett, I have the data:

    1050 = baritone
    1065 = euphonium...
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    Sterling Virtuoso Model numbers

    Hi all,

    In a previous posting, I had provided incomplete information about Sterling Virtuoso model numbers. After texting with Paul Riggett, I have the data:

    1050 = baritone
    1065 = euphonium...
  21. Thread: Silver plating

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    Jonathan, Should you decide to do that, I just...

    Jonathan,

    Should you decide to do that, I just might need to "evaluate" a prototype and review it for you!!

    Doug
  22. Thread: Silver plating

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    Satin silver with polished silver or gold trim...

    Satin silver with polished silver or gold trim (slide bows, valve caps and buttons, etc.) sounds MUCH better due to the coolness factor. Anyone playing such an instrument (check out Dennis...
  23. Hello again Daniel. Great to see you. Fantastic...

    Hello again Daniel. Great to see you. Fantastic job on the Kabelevsky! UNBELIEVEABLE!
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    Capper, If the G means "gold brass", then we...

    Capper,

    If the G means "gold brass", then we don't really have an answer on the material. I will check with Paul.
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    Thanks. I was confused about that. Though I am...

    Thanks. I was confused about that. Though I am pretty certain mine is Red brass...But I will check. I know the "H" is for Heavy.
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