Okay, so, I am a college freshman studying music education and euphonium performance at Northwestern University. I would say that I am pretty serious about performing, and I really want to get the best possible equipment. I am buying a compensating horn for the first time, and Woodwind Brasswind is letting me borrow three horns for a few days to try them out. The horns I have are a Wilson 2900, a Besson 2052, and a Yamaha 842S. I think I have pretty much decided against the Wilson, because I seem to be able to get a better sound out of the other two horns and I have been having some pretty severe tuning problems with the Wilson (A3 is about 40 cents flat for whatever reason). I can't tell a huge difference between the sound I'm getting out of the Besson and the Yamaha, but I've been pretty sure that I like the Yamaha because it is a lot easier for me to hold and the plastic sheild on the Besson is really annoying when I try to play standing up. I have also found the intonation on the Yamaha to be excellent for the most part (low B seems to be rather sharp, but it's easy to lip it down). The only reason that I'm hesitant to go with the Yamaha is that several other euphonium players I know were very suprised that I liked that horn and strongly advised me to go with the Besson. They were of the opinion that it sounded much better then the Yamaha. Does anyone here have any opinions about these two horns? This is a really big investment for me and I just want to make sure that I am making the best purchase possible, because I'm probably not going to have the funds to get another horn like this for a very long while (if ever). Thanks so much for your help!