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Quick Play-Comparisons: Adams, Besson(2), Eastman, Shires, Willson

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  • davewerden
    Administrator
    • Nov 2005
    • 11137

    Quick Play-Comparisons: Adams, Besson(2), Eastman, Shires, Willson

    Here is a video where you can (more or less) compare the 6 most recent compensating euphoniums I tested. Note that I did not intend these as a basis for A/B comparisons. I just decided to play each horn before running a tuning test. After doing 6 individual videos, I realized I could grab the Handel "Air and Variations" from each and put them back to back. The whole batch is less than 3 minutes of listening. So here you go!

    https://youtu.be/yCqt-XmRbN4

    The individual videos are here if you are interested:
    Last edited by John Morgan; 01-25-2024, 07:21 PM. Reason: Changed E1 to E3
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  • John Morgan
    Moderator
    • Apr 2014
    • 1885

    #2
    Nice comparisons. I don't know if you had any or many changes in your position, the mics position, and other factors, but if all were basically the same, the surprising clip for me was the Eastman 822. It just sort of immediately had more presence and brilliance. Again, that might be a function of the recording, but it sounded really nice to my old ears.

    On the other hand, they all sounded nice, and as they say, not a dog among them that I could tell.

    The Willson/Eastman Q90 was probably my least favorite, as it sounded a wee bit stuffy and less resonate to me. Again, could be the recording. I see you have different clothes on, so probably a different day with maybe a bit different setup.

    If I were stranded on a desert island, I could live with any one of them.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
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    • NLeuph
      Member
      • Jun 2022
      • 65

      #3
      Originally posted by John Morgan View Post
      Nice comparisons. I don't know if you had any or many changes in your position, the mics position, and other factors, but if all were basically the same, the surprising clip for me was the Eastman 822. It just sort of immediately had more presence and brilliance. Again, that might be a function of the recording, but it sounded really nice to my old ears.

      On the other hand, they all sounded nice, and as they say, not a dog among them that I could tell.

      The Willson/Eastman Q90 was probably my least favorite, as it sounded a wee bit stuffy and less resonate to me.
      I completely share your thoughts John. I also thought the eastman sounded really nice. Even better than the Q40 to my ears.

      Makes me think.. now I want to try one..
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