Besson euphonium dating

In addition, bell sizes and flares have increased as well, the largest euphonium bell today measures some twelve and half inches across.These improvements do have a downside, I feel, in that the sound can be become bland, and players who do not fill the instruments properly, produce a tubby or hollow sound, often mistaking volume for tone.

The instruments in my collection date from 1891 to 1992 and incorporate virtually every change in design that is known of, and offer a wonderful variation in sound, and can be heard in all my recitals.

The Hawkes Dictor euphonium dates from around 1915 and has been converted to low pitch.

It works well providing you remember those fingerings, but the position of valve no.4 leaves the left hand very cramped, and the luxury if having a 4th.valve meant not having to use valves 1&3 together. The major ones have been removed, others would involve complete dismantling of the instrument.

When offered to me, even in its worse state, the instrument blew beautifully, with a remarkable clear sound, lighter than most, with a very free response.

Once again, with the Boosey compensating system patented, Hawkes & Son offered this model which was only compensated on the 4th.valve. Anton Courtois made very fine instruments in France and after a few quiet years in the U. they are once again producing top of the range instruments for brass bands and were sponsors of the famous Fodens Motor Works Band for many years. The instrument is in pretty poor condition with many dents and a badly damaged (and repaired) bell.

The idea being that valves 1 & 3 were in tune on those fingerings, and that valve no.4 gives C sharp instead of the usual D. Hawkes instruments were extremely well made, using some of the thickest gauge metal. This model was made around 1900, certainly no later than 1903, and distributed by Chappells of New Bond Street in London. Dents in instruments can affect tone, response and tuning.

It gives a wonderful dark sound with just minor intonation problems. 3 valve Solbron Light-Valve Euphonium, in brass, circa 1920. Air is redirected back through on compensating loops. Sue's previous Boosey & Hawkes 955 Sovereign 3 valve compensating 'light bell' baritone. This is a "Clearbore" model, estimated to be made around 1891.

This instrument is in very good condition with just minor dents. Olds marching Baritone, with one piston, one rotary valve and pitched in G. As with the compensating system, the whole range of valved instruments except Soprano Cornet was available, the obvious weight problems when you get to tubas in this range must have been enormous, which is probably why only 3 valve models were made. The latest addition, a Highams 'Contesting' euphonium, this time a 4 valve non-compensating 'Class A' model, made circa 1914. It has been amazingly restored to playing condition by Colin Jeffrey of Sheffield.

There are also models available in both gold and silver finishes by Odyssey, Besson and Yamaha for the advanced musician.

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