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  1. Besson New Standard Parts

    Hello. I recently purchased an old Besson New Standard (1969). I have a couple of questions regarding parts I would like to upgrade or need to be replaced.

    1. The 3rd compensating loop has a 2nd valve slide in it. (There are, for some reason, two second valve slides.) It is a smaller bore than the proper slide and doesn't fit at all, leaking air and ruining my tone and conical shape. Where may I obtain a replacement slide (that actually works)?

    2. The horn has the original valve springs. The valves are nice and free, but they require a lot of force and are quite clunky. I've replaced a couple with Yamaha valve springs I had lying around, and they work wonderfully. Since I am going to have to purchase new valve springs anyway, what are my best choices?

    Also, I would greatly appreciate any tips or precautions about this horn in general.

    Thanks,

    Sebastian Davies
    Student, Euphonium Fanatic, etc.
    Last edited by XenopodTheEuphonist; 04-05-2019 at 07:12 AM.

  2. #2
    Welcome to the forum!

    You might consider the Mead Light springs. I find they are a good balance of strength, and they are plastic coated with a pretty good material that has been holding up well.

    For a replacement 3rd compensating slide, you might try Dawkes:

    http://www.dwerden.com/forum/showthr...390-U-K-Dawkes

    If they can't help, a good repair tech might be able to modify the slide you now have so it fits correctly.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
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    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

  3. There is an eBay seller in the U.K., brass-fix, that has a good selection of horn maintenance items. I have used them for several years for springs, felts, valve guides and the like. Their shipping is reasonable and I have received most orders in about a week. They have a particularly good selection of Besson/Boosey/York parts.

  4. #4
    Thanks, Mike. Here is Brass-Fix's main page:

    https://www.ebay.com/usr/brass-fix?_...p2047675.l2559
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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