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  1. New Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium

    Hello everyone,

    I have received quite a bit of interest in my new Silver Plated Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium which I received from the Besson Factory on Saturday 3rd October 2020. As most of you will know, I was lucky that my new Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium was a special custom order that included the changes made to the new Gold Lacquer Besson Prestige 2052-8G Euphonium.

    The date as I write this is Saturday 31st October 2020 and I have had my new Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium for around twenty nine days and during this time I have been able to test all aspects of this stunning instrument.

    On Saturday 3rd October 2020, I was asked to help a friend select a new Euphonium and after an extended period of testing a range of Euphonium's my friend settled on a new Gold Lacquer Besson Prestige Euphonium. It was after this testing period that I was able to test my brand new Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium from playing my very first note on this new instrument I knew I was playing something quite special. After some further testing which included excerpts from a brand new Concerto for Euphonium which is currently being written I wrote to Steven Mead to say how impressed I was with the instrument and how much I was looking forward to showing him the new instrument.

    The decision to get a new silver plated Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium had been weighing on my mind and I was still in two minds if I had made the right decision to have these modifications made especially considering the popularity of the new Gold Lacquer Besson Prestige Euphonium however all these concerns vanished as soon as I played the first notes on my new Euphonium.

    On Sunday 4th October 2020, I visited Steven Mead so that he could test my new Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium, we spent quite a period of time testing this new instrument before playing some duets, I was struck by how evenly matched both instruments were in terms of sound and tonal quality.

    Over the course of the past few weeks, I have continued to test and explore my new Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium and I still continued to be blown away by the instrument as a whole. The sound and tone is as expected with the traditional Besson sound. This instrument feels like a sports model Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium as it responds in a similar way to the current Besson Sovereign 967T Euphonium. The instrument is so free blowing throughout the whole range which I honestly found to be really surprising!

    The mechanics are as expected and work perfectly. I have honestly been blown away by this new instrument. It is really amazing to see how innovative Besson continue to be!

    I wanted to show a few pictures of my new Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium for future reference.

    Best Wishes,

    Micah Dominic Parsons

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  2. #2
    I’m really pleased you are so delighted with you new trumpet! It looks gorgeous, and better in silver than gold, in my opinion.

    I’d only take issue with Besson being innovative. They’re not. Adams are innovative; Besson are doing what has served them so well over the years. And why should they stop - if they can get praise like yours they just need to keep doing what they’re doing.

    I really look forward to hearing it!

  3. Hello Magikarp,

    I really hope you are well, we are long overdue a catch up again, I have quite a few things which I wish you question you on and in honesty I really miss our chats.

    It really is an incredible instrument, quite different from anything I have played before! I have to admit the only brand that I have not tested is Adam’s which I would love to test in the future just out of curiosity.

    I have to admit, I think Besson have done a lot of work behind the scenes which many of us are not aware of. I would love to find out a little more of what they have done.

    I will have to send you some recordings across in the future to see what you think.

    Best Wishes,

    Micah Dominic Parsons

  4. #4
    That's a nice photo of you and Steve.

  5. Hello JTJ,

    Thank you so much for your kind comment! It was great to see Steven Mead testing my Euphonium and it was great to play some duets with him which made the whole experience of getting a new Besson PRestige 2052-2 Euphonium even more special.

    Best Wishes,

    Micah Dominic Parsons

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    Hey Micah,
    I'm not sure to understand the difference in the leadpipe connection between your prestige and the standard ones. Could you please provide further explanations with a picture ?
    Thanks
    Stéphane

  7. Hello Stephane,

    On the normal Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphoniumthere is a stay halfway down the leadpipe which connects the leadpipe to the bell. On the new versions such as my Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium this has been removed. I really hope this helps.

    Best Wishes,

    Micah Dominic Parsons

  8. #8
    Ahh, so it's a fully "floating" leadpipe except for the receiver. That is something I've seen a lot more of recently. My Eb Tuba and Euph both have fully soldered down leadpipes.
    Sterling / Perantucci 1065HGS Euphonium, 1952 B&H Imperial Eb Tuba, Yamaha YBB-631S BBb Tuba, and a bunch of trombones.

  9. Hello Tbonesullivan,

    You are correct, I believe my Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium is currently the only one with this addition although they come as standard on the new Gold Lacquer Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium.

    Best Wishes,

    Micah Dominic Parsons

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by Micah.Dominic.Parsons View Post
    Hello Tbonesullivan,

    You are correct, I believe my Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium is currently the only one with this addition although they come as standard on the new Gold Lacquer Besson Prestige 2052-2 Euphonium.

    Best Wishes,

    Micah Dominic Parsons
    It’s a pity there isn’t the choice of either soldered or unsoldered.

    Personally I never liked a floating leadpipe, but that might have been instrument rather than the leadpipe itself.

    One day I will try a new Prestige.
    1983 Boosey & Hawkes Globe Sovereign
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