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Thread: FS: Besson New Standard - Silver - Nice

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    Thumbs up FS: Besson New Standard - Silver - Nice

    This horn was owned and played by James Curnow (yes, that's the person you are thinking of!). It is from the mid-1960's and was completely re-done in the 1980's, which is when the original lacquer was stripped and it was silver plated (bright finish). The original leadpipe was replaced with one that took a large shank mouthpiece. A leather gig bag (probably an old Reunion Blues). A Wick Heritage 6AL mouthpiece is included. The photos are not great, and I asked for better photos. I'll update here if they show up. Price is $2,500, which is a very good price for a horn in excellent condition (as Mr. Curnow says it is). Shipping is only $35.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Besson-Euph...n/274001617435

    (If you are interested in the horn, please PM me for a little more background info.)

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    Last edited by RickF; 09-09-2019 at 10:36 PM.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    Dave,

    Just purchased the Besson, price was way too good to let it go, thanks for the heads up !!!

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    Congrats Nick! Surely a great deal. I was tempted myself to get this gem.
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    Good score!

    (From another New Standard disciple)

    Dennis
    3 notes and the truth.

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard, early model Wick 4AL
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1917 Conn C/D/Eb mellophone original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original, Bach 5GS

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    Thanks guys, I figured given its condition, the price and the large shank receiver it would be a winning deal.

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    Money from the sale is going to a good cause, by the way:

    https://give.transplants.org/site/TR...A4F9247C3B6C35
    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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    Wow, that is a major setback in life.

    Everyone here should try to send something, no matter how small, to help out a guy that wrote many tunes we play.

    DDG
    3 notes and the truth.

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard, early model Wick 4AL
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1917 Conn C/D/Eb mellophone original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original, Bach 5GS

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    If the group were to contribute, I would put something in the communal pot. Is there anyone in the group who knows the family personally and could deliver it to them?
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    Forgive my ignorance, what's the relationship between James curnow and Jeff curnow? Father-son?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianeSparkle View Post
    Forgive my ignorance, what's the relationship between James curnow and Jeff curnow? Father-son?
    Jeff is the son of James Curnow.
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