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F. Besson (made by Kanstul USA) Besson 800 International
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Made for Besson by Kanstul Musical Instruments in Anaheim, California, the Besson 800 International trumpet in silverplate features a 0.460" bore, hand-lapped monel valves and a 4.75" one-piece hand-hammered bell designed for a more focused sound. Built with minimal bracing and metal valve guides, the horn has a beautiful response and strong projection. The bright shimmering sound suits jazz lead, combo and commercial playing.
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Bore (inch): 0.460"
Bell (inch): 4.75"
Bell Type: One-piece hand-hammered
Bell Mtl.: Yellow brass bell
Valves: Monel, hand-lapped
Website: http://band-orchestra.musiciansfrien...ct?sku=463660X
Keywords: Besson 800 International silverplate Kanstul USA Bb trumpet BE800
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Review Date: 6/13/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $374.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: response, resonance and projection
Cons: sluggish slides (depends on particular instrument)

The Besson 800 International Bb trumpet made in USA by Kanstul is a versatile horn suitable for jazz lead, commercial and jazz combo playing. The tone is bright yet carries a shimmering depth that is rarely observed in an intermediate instrument. Bell is hand-hammered and of a very good quality. Projection and response are excellent. Valves are rather noisy as brass (rather than nylon) piston guides are used. Valve springs are quite tough, helping the speed of the piston upstroke at the expense of a harder fingering workout. Pistons are Monel with good compression. Slides are inconsistent: in some models they are sluggish, in others they would work fine from the start. Silverplate is excellent.

Overall the horn is a very good value, but may need adjustment in a pro shop.
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Review Date: 1/9/2011 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $600.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: good construction, lightweight, smooth valves
Cons: lightweight=dings, bright, thin sound (not fo fond of it), tuning,

so I've had this horn for over a year now and it's served me well for gigs, but I haven't gotten used to the sound. Too bright and thin. I really don't like it much. Plus it goes badly out of tune, very sharp and it's hard to get in tune! I'll fix the tuning slide to where it's tuned, then maybe a while later, I have to re-ajust it. The reson I still play it is because I have't been able to save up for a new horn.

the only good thing out of it, again it's lightweight, has decent valves, and it has solid constrution.

It could be just my horn, but however i recommend you test one out before you buy it.
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