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    Here we go again

    I love my Sterling, but the nostalgia I associate with my college Besson and the unique rich sound keep drawing me back. SO... found a satin finish Besson on Ebay courtesy of Dillon Music and took the plunge once again. Serial number dates the instrument to 1975, the year I started college, so I'm working from the assumption that it was meant for me... that's what I'm telling my sainted wife, anyway.
    Sterling Virtuoso Euphonium, Denis Wick 4AL
    Besson New Standard

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    Congrats on the new horn!! What fun, yes??!! Pictures!! I have a similar wife!!
    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
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    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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    Horn arrived courtesy of Dillon Music/eBay, just as advertised with no unpleasant surprises or unexpected dents. It's grimy, so I'll take pictures after it's had a good bath this weekend. Couldn't resist playing it. Surprisingly focused, which I didn't expect or recall... it's been a few years since I last played a Besson, so my memory of my "Besson sound" has likely faded with time. I'm looking forward to some side to side comparisons with my Sterling once it's ready for some real playing. Applause to the folks at Dillon for making it play-ready. Valves were oiled (grimy, but oiled), slides were greased and move freely, and spit valve corks are new.
    Sterling Virtuoso Euphonium, Denis Wick 4AL
    Besson New Standard

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    Congratulations!!! Besson New Standard euphoniums are absolutely wonderful! Focused. Robust. Responsive. Satisfying. Absolutely love these horns!!
    David Shinn
    Peninsula Concert Band
    Yorktown, Virginia



    1971 Besson ‘New Standard’ 181 Euphonium (3+1 compensating) ~ Alliance DC3M
    1962 Besson ‘New Standard’ 176 Euphonium (3-valve compensating) ~ Alliance DC3M
    1968 Besson 'New Standard' 168 Baritone (3-valve compensating) ~ Alliance DC5S

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    The New Standard has always been my axe, for over 50 years.

    The old Brits beat brass into just what many composers wanted to hear.

    Tried a LOT of others, but the thing is just that 'sweet spot'.

    I'll give you they are a bit harder to wrangle in every setting, but I'd much rather be the boss of the horn than the opposite...

    Dennis
    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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    I promised pictures: from bath time to reassembly. I must heap more praise on Dillon Music. They replaced the springs, felts and corks. The metal valve guides are a bit noisy, but I don't think I'll swap them out for nylon just yet. Played the horn side by side with my Sterling until my lip gave out. Completely different character. Love them both.

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    Last edited by Pat; 11-20-2021 at 12:03 PM.
    Sterling Virtuoso Euphonium, Denis Wick 4AL
    Besson New Standard

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    Ya done good, Pat!
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
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    Very nice. Multiple horns is a fun thing, too. I will be playing my B&H Imperial the day after Thanksgiving at an outdoor concert before a Christmas tree lighting and parade. Looking forward to getting it out.
    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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    What a great looking horn! Congrats!!
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (backup horn)
    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.
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    Bravo, Pat!

    That is definitely a keeper.

    I'll keep an eye out for the fourth finger button for you.

    Dennis
    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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