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Thread: Besson 4-Valve Compensating in Lacquer - 1967

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    Thumbs up Besson 4-Valve Compensating in Lacquer - 1967

    This one is in decent shape and I don't see any red flags. I have asked the seller for photos of the pistons. The 4th valve doesn't have the original finger button but the other three do. Seems to include a more modern Besson case. Starting bid is $750 and the buy-it-now price is only $1,200!

    SOLD FOR $1,235 (?)

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/174244869177

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    Last edited by davewerden; 04-13-2020 at 06:45 PM. Reason: Added Valve Photos
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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  2. Dave,
    Based on age, would this be a large shank or European shank for the mouthpiece?
    Thanks!
    Doug
    Former Band Director, Current IT Nerd
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  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Clutch View Post
    Dave,
    Based on age, would this be a large shank or European shank for the mouthpiece?
    Thanks!
    Besson switched to the large shank around 1974 so this one should be medium.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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    The seller supplies a photo of the valve, which I added above. They look pretty good, with some light pitting (as far as I can tell). My school horn at Iowa looked a bit more pitted, but the valves were no problem and sealed well. It also appears they replaced the valve guide on #4 with a more modern plastic guide, but the other 3 appear to have the original brass guides.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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