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  1. Cool More new horns in this forum - Besson Prestige Gold Lacquer

    Hi everyone,

    After years of procrastination I finally purchased a Besson Prestige Gold Lacquer Euphonium!

    I've only had it a couple of days so it's too early for a full review but my first impression is that I have an instrument that is well designed, well built that makes a glorious sound.

    I won't be able to compare it to an Adams E3 or Sterling as I've never played one, and they're just not readily available in Australia.

    To be honest, my very first impression of the horn was not amazing. If I only had 15 minutes at a trade stand I would not have bought this instrument. But after swapping out the heavy caps (i.e. put the standard caps on the horn) and a couple of practice sessions under the belt the sound suddenly opened up into something special (it could be that I am working out how to make this instrument work).

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    Besson Prestige BE2052-8G-0 Euphonium
    Besson Sovereign 956 Baritone

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    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Congrats Ted on your new horn, it looks great!
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank

    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
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    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Hidden Valley, AZ
    New horns are like a new girlfriend, it takes a bit to settle in.

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original
    2019 Wessex Tornister

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    It's always great to get a new horn, especially when you have waited and chosen carefully to match your preferences!

    I think your experience is somewhat common and a combination of the things already speculated about. It does take just a bit to "learn" a new horn. For one thing, we usually buy one expecting a better experience, so our old blowing patterns may not quite fit. And often a horn will improve with a little playing, as the valves get proper lubrication and things then seal up a bit better. Anyway, have fun! I have not played one, but I really like the look of this instrument!
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
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    Hey Ted, congratulations on the brand new horn!!! There is nothing quite like getting yourself a new instrument. And I hope you settle into it in short order. Make glorious music with it!!
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)


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