Thank you, Everyone! Great advice, and we will try to get her chances to try as many instruments as she can.

This year, she ought to be the youngest "five-timer" at Charleston's Tuba Christmas, and that will be a great chance for her to try some other brands. Great advice!

You've all be down this road before, obviously. The Besson was indeed the only upper echelon Euphonium she's ever had in her hands, but I understand your point, that does not mean it's the brand for her.

For those offering to consider yours (or you friend's) for sale, thank you, and I'd be glad to look at pictures and prices. My e-mail address is

Thanks, again, and Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

John Cameron