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The origins of the euphonium go all the way back to 1843 - almost as long ago as the date when Besson was founded, in 1837. Maybe it's a coincidence that they're close to the same age, or maybe it's fate. Either way, it gives Besson euphoniums a closely entwined history that makes it no surprise they've developed into world-class instruments today. The name of the euphonium roughly translates to "sweet-voiced," and with its tone that's darker and mellower than its close cousin the baritone horn, this instrument definitely lives up to the name. Combine that classic sound with Besson's excellent craftsmanship, and you've got all the ingredients for a fantastic brass instrument.
If you're looking for your first euphonium, then the first thing you may be wondering is which Besson instrument makes the most sense for a beginner. There's a single answer to that question: the BE1065 Performance Series 4-Valve Euphonium. Designed to accommodate the budget and performance needs of new players, this model produces rich, warm, centered tone with satisfying valve actions and smooth, even response all through the register. It even offers a choice of lacquer or silver-plated finishes so you can personalize it to your tastes.
Moving up to the intermediate and professional Besson euphoniums adds a variety of features and options for advanced players. Compensating models, like the BE967 and BE968 Sovereign Series euphoniums, use a more advanced valve layout and design that improves their intonation between Eb2 and C2. They're also capable of playing the low B-natural that's outside the range of a standard 4-valve euphonium. Plus, with the BE2051 and BE2052 Prestige Series models in the lineup, there are soloist-ready options that look as gorgeous as they sound.
Whether you're a beginner or a professional, Besson euphoniums are definitely worth a close look. They're already found in marching bands and orchestras far and wide, and with nearly two centuries of experience backing them up, it's as good a time as any to bring home a Besson instrument of your own. They've taken care of the design and craftsmanship - now it's your turn to handle the playing and find out firsthand what these euphoniums can do.