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Besson BE-967-1-0
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100% of reviewers $3,089.00 9.5


Excellent projection from the 12" bell. Single-brace connection between receiver and bell allows for free vibration and enhanced tone. Spring damper set creates quieter valve action.

Besson International brass instruments have long been popular with brass bands. In fact, much modern brass band repertoire has been written with the International sound in mind. Such quality construction features as super-high-quality brass, stainless steel pistons for corrosion-free smooth action, synthetic rubber water key seals, computerized bell spinning for tonal consistency, and hydraulically bent tubes for perfectly smooth bores have earned Besson a sterling reputation.

Besson BE-967-1-0 Professional Euphonium Features:

Key of Bb
.580" bore
12" upright bell
4 stainless steel bottom-sprung valves
Nylon Delrin valve guides
3 water keys (including 3rd valve slide)
2nd valve finger ring
Patented spring damper set
Nickel silver tuning slides
Floating leadpipe
Lacquer finish
Deluxe stitched case
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Bore (inch): 0.580
Bell (inch): 12.000
Key: Bb
Bell Style: Upright
Valves: 4, Stainless
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Review Date: 3/4/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,967.00 | Rating: 0 

Pros: sound quality
Cons: stickie first valve, 2nd valve slide falls out at times

love the sound of the horn did not have the above problems fixed for over a year. The first valve still sticks occasionaly, had to use a very heavy slide grease to keep the 2nd valve slide from falling out. I also own a yamaha 321 and have had no such problems.
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Review Date: 11/27/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,000.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: tone quality, valve action
Cons: 1st valve casing doesn't fit as well as the other 3

This is the first professional euphonium I have owned. Prior to purchasing the Sovereign, I played on the International model, which I absolutely recommend for a serious intermediate player.

I got the horn in 2006, and I haven't run into a serious mechanical problem yet. It has the best tone quality of any horn that I've tried, especially when played with a very deep mouthpiece, like the SM3 from Denis Wick.

Moisture tends to collect on the bracing on the outside of the top curve of tubing. This leads to a brown-ish colored stain on the outside of the horn. I'm not a fan of that.

As far as playing goes, though, I've never played a horn this agile that still sounds as dark and rich. I highly recommend this.
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Review Date: 1/21/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Designed to increase finger speed, Has great intonation, Valves stay oiled for a long time, Great projection, durable
Cons: Very Heavy, Airy first valve problem, Scratchy Sounding High Notes, Kind of short

I bought an older model of this horn this summer (possibly one from the 60s or 70s) and although it may be older than me it's a great horn for a freshmen in college pursuing a career in music. The horn is designed to play fast making some excepts a touch easier like The Melody Shop or the Carnival of Venice Variation IV. The Horn always seems to be in tune but when it shoots up high, mainly a high Bb and above, it sounds a bit scratchy but I believe that's something with the age of the horn. The horn itself has great projection making it a great solo horn. One thing I dislike about this horn is the fact that it's short and heavy. I actually weighed a Yamaha YEP-321 and this horn to see which was heavier. The Yamaha was about 12lbs. This beast was about 19lbs. but I guess it is a professional model after all. Overall I recommend this horn. It may not seem like a winner, but It's a great horn.
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