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FS/FT Besson 995 Prototype

Postby nathanecunningham » Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:07 pm

Hello TubeNet,

I have for sale a Besson 995 prototype originally made for Patrick Sheridan.
It is a great all-around CC with full low range and a ringing easy high range. It plays very well and there are few intonation quirks. The metal seems a little thinner and overall lighter in weight than other 995's that I've played (Both German and English). It does have a large receiver, I've found the best results with pt model mouthpieces and my Sidey Classic Euro shank. All pistons are vented and the first slide is lapped. There is some wear on the bottom bow, but no dents in crucial areas. The horn in located in Houston and comes with a black Cronkhite bag.

Will consider trades for an f or rotory CC tuba.
Price $7,000. PM if interested.

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Cheers!
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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype

Postby Billy M. » Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:52 pm

Wasn't Walter Nirschl directly or indirectly involved with the creation of this horn?
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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype

Postby nathanecunningham » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:08 am

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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype

Postby barry grrr-ero » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:33 pm

Sure has the Nirschl look to it.
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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype

Postby nathanecunningham » Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:02 am

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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype

Postby nathanecunningham » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:04 pm

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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype

Postby contravic » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:32 pm

I spent some time with this tuba last week while mine was in the shop. As someone who has owned both a British and a German version of these I can tell you that this prototype outperforms both of the ones I’ve owned. It has THE BEST valves I’ve ever played and a large focused sound. The handmade components make it the physically the lightest 4/4 Nirschl-like tuba I’ve ever picked up. This may contribute to its exceptional response and unique color of sound.

I can’t believe this one of a kind, HANDMADE, 4/4+ (small 5/4), pro CC hasn’t been sold at this price. It’s also a cool piece of history.

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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype

Postby Lectron » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:12 pm

Can only speak for a std. 995, but if this is better it's awesome.
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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype Price Drop

Postby nathanecunningham » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:58 am

Price drop bump
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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype Price Drop

Postby nathanecunningham » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:52 pm

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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype

Postby Alex C » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:08 pm

Billy M. wrote:Wasn't Walter Nirschl directly or indirectly involved with the creation of this horn?

Yes. The Besson 995 is essentially the Nirschl 4/4 CC tuba with a two piece leadpipe. There is virtually no other difference. Okay, a different name is stamped on it. Get a Nirschl leadpipe and convert your $5k Besson into an $8k Nirschl.
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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype Price Drop

Postby nathanecunningham » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:31 am

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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype Price Drop

Postby nathanecunningham » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:28 am

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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype Price Drop

Postby nathanecunningham » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:51 am

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Re: FS Besson 995 Prototype Price Drop

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