The Besson BE968 Sovereign Series Compensating Euphonium is designed as a soloist instrument. The BE968 Series has a slightly smaller bell to give greater control to the sound and allow better ease of use in the softer dynamics. The 968 Sovereign has 4 stainless steel piston valves (3 top and 1 side action) with a large shank mouthpiece receiver. The Besson BE968 Sovereign Series Compensating Euphonium includes a case and mouthpiece and is available in lacquer (BE968-1-0) or silver (BE968-2-0) finish.
BE968 Sovereign Euphonium
Built in the traditional brass band style
The Besson BE968 Euphonium is an example of the mastery of brass manufacturing. A compensating instrument, this euphonium has improved intonation in the lower register. The euphonium's mouthpipe is not directly soldered to the bell, but is instead connected by a brace, allowing the bell to vibrate more freely. Equipped with a patented spring damper set, the BE968 Euphonium's valves work quietly and efficiently
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Comments about Besson BE968 Sovereign Series Compensating Euphonium:
I bought this horn (from this website) back in June 2007. I received the horn a few weeks later, and I loved it the moment I saw it. I'd been playing the same Conn bell-forward baritone-euphonium since elementary school, and I wanted to splurge on a good horn while I still had some money. This horn is top notch! Smooth, quiet action, nice mellow tone, consistently on key, easy to make it sing on solos, but just as easily blended into the harmony. It took me some time to adjust to the higher amount of air needed compared to my previous horn, and the mouthpiece was larger, but now I'll never go back. I have only two minor issues: when bathing my horn the first time, I noticed that when I turn it upside down, there is a little metallic 'tink' sound. I searched throughout the bell, valves, tubes, and finally realized the sound was coming from the hand grip. Seem the person assembling the horn must have left a piece of solder wire inside by accident. Second, this horn does not have a reservoir to attach to the bottom of the valves, so by the end of playing a concert, I have condensation on the inside of the main bell tube, but it's easily cleaned (I love silver), and I've taken to keeping a cloth diaper between my lap and the horn. Bottom line: after having this horn 3+ years (2007-2010) I would recommend it to anyone who can afford it. In fact, I would recommend ANY of the Besson Euph line. Best horn ever.
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