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  1. Euph Suggestions.

    Hi all, I'm currently a student in High School and was wondering what some good brands are for a euph if I were to purchase one? Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkernea04 View Post
    Hi all, I'm currently a student in High School and was wondering what some good brands are for a euph if I were to purchase one? Thanks in advance!
    There's a wealth of information in this forum on various makes and models. I think you should consider your budget and how serious you are - is this to be an instrument to carry you through a college music program. My perception is that there are three budget levels: $1,000 to $2,000, $3,000 to $4,000, and $7,000 to $10,000. People with better knowledge should chime in. Within each budget level, there are fine horns. I know that my euphonium, which cost me just under $1,000, has been serving me well in a community band. My section mates play Yamaha and Besson (two top-level horns), and within the limits of my ability, the tone blends in well.
    Dean L. Surkin
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkernea04 View Post
    Hi all, I'm currently a student in High School and was wondering what some good brands are for a euph if I were to purchase one? Thanks in advance!
    In the post above, Dean makes very good points. Also, are you just looking at new horns or would you consider pre-owned (sounds better than used)?

    Mike

  4. Have no preference over used or new

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    Can you tell us...

    What is your budget?

    Are you going on to music in college?

    What are your plans for playing after college?
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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  6. What kind of Euphonium are you currently playing, and what is your level of experience?

    For people starting out, can't go wrong with finding a used Yamaha YEP-321.
    Sterling / Perantucci 1065HGS Euphonium, Yamaha YBB-631S BBb Tuba, and a bunch of trombones.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    Can you tell us...

    What is your budget?

    Are you going on to music in college?

    What are your plans for playing after college?
    Unsure of my exact budget, but i'm planning on studying to become a band director in the future

  8. Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    What kind of Euphonium are you currently playing, and what is your level of experience?

    For people starting out, can't go wrong with finding a used Yamaha YEP-321.
    Currently playing a school owned Besson, unsure of what model exactly, and i've been playing since the 6th grade if that gives anything.

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    The suggestion above for a Yamaha 321 is a good suggestion and generally considered "safe" for anyone who does not want to be a pro player or serious soloist.

    Having said that, there are some newer (often original) solos that really benefit from a compensating system. Plus your Besson MAY be compensating. If it is 4-valve and compensating, it will have an extra set of slides coming from the rear of each of valve 1, 2, 3. If you are used to a horn like that, the 321 may feel limiting.

    The King 2280 is also a safe choice. It is non-comp, like the 321, but uses a large shank mouthpiece and has a bigger sound. There are well-priced examples of each in our For Sale section right now:

    http://www.dwerden.com/forum/forumdi...-Wanted-to-Buy
    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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    Suggest the John Packer JP274S euphonium. Can be bought new in the $1500 range (such as through DF Music). Some colleges, including Ole Miss, list is as an acceptable low-priced pro-level horn.
    Arnold (Arnie) Williams
    JP 274S euphonium (Rancho Cordova River City concert band)
    Getzen 3062AFR Bass Trombone (West Sacramento Community Orchestra)

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