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Besson BE1110
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The BE1110 trumpet is made to the highest standard by skilled craftsmen at our modern facilities in Gulauthi, India and benefits from the blend of superior quality materials and technical expertise. Designed by master craftsman, Walter Nirschl coupled with the knowledgeable advice of top player and educator, Bruce Silva, this trumpet offers the discriminating trumpeter a great instrument for all types of performance.

Bell 4.5" Diameter
Bore .460"
Key Bb
Piston Stainless Steel
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Bore (inch): 0.460
Bell (inch): 4.500
Valves: 3, Stainless
Website: http://www.besson.com
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Review Date: 10/1/2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $400.00 | Rating: 1 

Pros: It looks like a trumpet
Cons: Horrible valves, poorly made, bad sound

I played one of these for about a year before I upgraded to a Getzen. This horn is horrible, especially for students. The valves are made of stainless steel, which is totally unprofessional. A good trumpet will have either monel or nickel silver valves.

These trumpets are cheaply made in India, which pretty much explains it all.
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Review Date: 4/18/2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $800.00 | Rating: 1 

Pros: Sounds fair while playing Bb Concert Scale and comfortable to hold
Cons: Valves are messed up (valves stick & were made incorrectly), difficult to play in th high register, and 3rd valve slide problems

The trumpet play fairly well in the Bb Concert range but, playing in the upper register is extremely difficult. The 3rd valve slide cannot stay on the trumpet even after twisting the stop completely in. Finally, the valves seem to have been poorly manufactured because they stick and, when they are pushed down, the valves stick out over the valve pads. The trumpet looks cool and is comfortable to hold. Just on a side note I have had this horn for three years and have been unable to buy or try out another horn for those years, so the upper range problem may be partially my fault. I also made the mistake of not bringing my mouthpiece so I could play the horn and, after just looking at the horn I purchased it. So try not to get distracted by the newness and shiny silver of the trumpet because in a few years that trumpet will not look like it did when you bought it.
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Review Date: 4/24/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: reverse slide
Cons: third valve slide screw gets bent over time

i actually do not ahve this trumpet i have the besson 1000 its not on hear so i used this one anyway my trumpet looks very similar to this one the valves do NOT stick and i can play fine in the high regester
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Registered: November 2012
Location: St. Petersburg, Fl
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Review Date: 11/27/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $260.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: One of best playing horns I've ever had
Cons: Would prefer monel valves instead of stainless

As a retired band director and trumpet player for 55+ years, I've had some of the "best" horns made including Schilke, Selmer Paris, Yamaha 8310Z, CONN's several Besson's, several Olds(Studio,Super, etc.)
This Besson is one of the best horns I've ever played. Rich lower and bright upper. Slots extremely well but also slurs easily. The reverse lead pipe is freer blowing than a similar Besson 1000 I also have with regular tuning slide and brace. The regular slide Besson 1000 is also one of the better playing horns I've had. Both are stamped as made in London.
I would suggest that people who give these horns bad reviews have selected the wrong horn or are unable to give a proper review.
ALL trumpets play differently for different players. that's why you must play many different horns in order to find the one that's right for you. Given that's not possible for most players, one needs to be able to rely on reviews by those who have actually played and tested the instruments.
My only criticism is that I wish you had Monel valves instead of stainless.
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