Originally posted by: davewerden

Originally posted by: prototypedenNIS Dave, don't you have a Conn double bell that you used to perform on?

Nope - I have a Holton (and still use it when I have the chance). It's a 5-valve model that I purchased from the original owner, who bought it in 1935.
I'm still very jealous!

As for the durability of old Besson horns... I think they were designed with military bands in mind. If bullets started flying, you could find safe shelter behind a tuba.

Short of armour piercing rounds, of course.