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F. Besson 260-1 "Classic"
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F. Besson Trumpets 260 "Classic" Series

Symphonic players have special needs. Boosey & Hawkes is here to meet them with French Besson Classic trumpets. Designed by Dennis Najoom, Co-Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and maker of the Najoom(r) leadpipe, the French Besson Classic trumpets produce a sound suitable for the most delicate chamber orchestra or a grand Mahler symphony. The synergistic feel of the Bb and C Classic trumpet makes whatever French Besson Classic trumpet you choose feel like a familiar friend. Besson - You've found your horn.

Accessories: square and single radius tuning slide, weighted valve caps

260-1 262-2 Bb .460" bore
262-1 262-2 Bb .462" bore

562-1 562-2 C trumpet .462" bore

Options: "B" bell, 7" leadpipe. Square and single radius tuning slides and weighted valve caps included.

Available only in the USA. mfg. by Kanstul
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Bore (inch): 0.460
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Review Date: 3/25/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $900.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Nice tone, easy blowing, good for both legit and jazz, good intonation, very versatile due in part to having two tuning slides and regular/heavy valve caps provided.
Cons: Not quite as responsive as some of the higher priced horns like Lawler and Callets

 
I have had my horn for about 2 years, and the longer I play it, the more I like it. Previously, I have played mostly Olds (Special and Recording circa late 50s) and Bach Strads. The Besson is on a par with any Olds or Bach trumpets I have ever played. I use it for both legit and jazz settings. I can get either a symphonic tone or a jazz tone from it with no trouble. It's a very responsive horn.

Although I use the square shaped tuning slide almost exclusively, I do use the round slide on occasion. It's nice to have this option, when I need it.

These horns are becoming hard to find new, since Boosey Hawkes decided to discontinue their manufacture. I don't know why they did that, because the horn plays every bit as well as a Bach Strad. It's a very good buy for the money.

My experience involves playing everything from symphony through rock n roll and jazz. I've been playing for over 40 years. I would not feel shy about recommending this horn to anyone.
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Review Date: 6/19/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $950.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: good all around trumpet, versatile, good sound, good intonation, good valves
Cons: none

 
Excellent horn, especially for the money. It replaced a Bach Strad, and this Besson possibly plays and sounds better to me than the Strad.I like the tone very much.

It has a Najoom leadpipe, which probably improves the overall response and sound.

It was made by Kanstul. Very versatile and well made.

It came with two tuning slides - rounded and square, and heavy bottom valve caps in addition to the standard ones.

To get a better horn would cost considerably more money, and the difference may be marginal at best.
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Anonymous
Review Date: 6/3/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great intonation, fast valves, good tone, easy response
Cons: not made anymore

 
I've played for 25 years, some fools decided not to make this anymore. I got one in a scratch and dent sale, its better than my vintage Bach Strad 37 I wore out. Therefore, in my opinion, its the best trumpet I've ever played and you'll need a Lawler, Wild Thing, Eclipse or Kanstul Signature to beat it.

Perhaps it was killed off because it didn't give shops any new market, they already had Bach 37's on the shelves and this was an option, not a new addition to the variations available.
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Review Date: 3/20/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: VERSATILE HORN
Cons: NONE REALLY

 
Bought a Classic Besson as a 'stop gap measure' when I was having my Calicchio 1s7 rebuilt. Got booked for a big show 3 days later and had to use the Besson. I was a little hesitant as I was not very familiar with the horn. It was awesome. Ending up selling the Calicchio.I've tried heaps of Strads, Yamahas etc. None felt so comfortable. As I said previously, I had no intention of keeping it. Best value for money horn I have ever seen.
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Review Date: 3/27/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: versatile revisited
Cons: forgot to add

 
I forgot to add that I bought some heavier valve caps. I thought it would be a load of 'bollocks', but thought I had nothing to loose as I found a cheap set that fitted. After experimenting, I ended up with just 1 on the third valve and it really makes a difference. Sound is more centred with a great core.As I said, I was a sceptic. Thought it might be helpful.
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Review Date: 7/14/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $750.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great valves and response, build is excellent.
Cons: A bit on the heavy side, but no big deal.

 
For the money (even if I paid retail), I cannot see how you can beat this horn. Depending on the mouthpiece you use it is suitable for symphonic or jazz playing. This is the .460 model with the Najoom pipe and I had a little trouble with it when I first played it.....it seemed a bit stuffy compared to my previous horn (Leblanc Sonic)..........but I worked with it and finally found the right mouthpiece/trumpet combination. After using it for the past 5 years, there is no way I'm letting this one go. I think Kanstul did a superlative job in producing this horn for Besson and I'll never be able to figure out why Besson dropped it.
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Review Date: 1/4/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: a great playing & sounding horn, a looker too!
Cons: no negs

 
I have a Bach 180,Yamaha 738,Getzen Eterna,King 2070, Olds Ambassador, Blessing LtmL-1, but I love this horn the most.
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