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  1. Hawkes & Son Euphoniums

    What are people's thoughts on the Hawkes & Son compensating euphoniums before they merged with Boosey?

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    They couldn't build compensators, as B&H held the Blaikley patent.

    They did have some workarounds, such as 5 valves and odd fingerings.

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

  3. I see, interesting. I didn't realize the patent for the compensating system only ran out in the 1970s

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    They do have a "compensating" Euphonium called the "Dictor" in their 1923 catalogue:

    https://brasstacks.de/ce_photo/html/...0_850-1032.jpg

    The fingering chart on the bottom shows the odd fingering.
    Last edited by MarChant; 04-01-2021 at 11:27 AM.
    Martin Monné
    • Wessex Festivo, 4-valve compensating (2017)
    • Hirsbrunner HBS 378 Standard, 4-valve compensating (1983)
    • Mahillon Bass Saxhorn, 4-valve (1927)
    • Anton Hüller Tenor Horn, 3-valve (Early 20th Century, HP, wallhanger)


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    B&H and Hawkes merged in the '30's.

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

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