Besson, enharmonic, B flat euphonium, 4 piston, c.1912

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Tag #: 200321
Serial #: 96470

Bell Diameter          Bore Size Height
10 3/4″      .565″, 1-2 Bb side & 3 comp. loop;                     .575″ 1-3 F side; .605″ 4 25.0″

Comments:

“CLASS / A / Enharmonic / Patented / BESSON & CO. / “Prototype” / 198 EUSTON ROAD / LONDON / ENGLAND / * ” on bell. Ornate floral engraving on bell. “BESSON & CO. / * / BREVETE” on 2nd valve.

The enharmonic system was an early Besson rival to the Blaikley system used by Boosey and Hawkes.  While the Blaikley system is a compensating system, the enharmonic is a variety of full double, having full length slides for both the Bb and F sides of the instrument.

2 thoughts on “Besson, enharmonic, B flat euphonium, 4 piston, c.1912”

  1. Jeremy Mallory said:

    Are you selling this euphonium? Does it play well?

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