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ON HOLD: Besson 4 Valve Compensating BBb Tuba 4/4 | $1,500

PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:49 pm
by Tubaing
This is a great playing tuba. It was built like a tank (strong, thick metal). It is probably from the 1950’s (serial number 447,XXX).

4 valve Compensating means that when you hold down the fourth valve, you switch the tuba from playing in BBb to FF. It adds the extra tubing so that you can play Low E, Eb, D, Db, C, and B in tune without a fifth valve.

There are no giant, dents, but there is a lot of dents and the tubing is out of round around where the bottom bow meets the next branch and it makes it tricky to remove the 4th valve.

The slides all move and the valves are fast. I replaced the receiver to accept standard size tuba mouthpieces.

There are lots of scratches and a lot of the lacquer is gone. The protec gigbag is a little bigger than I would like, but is better than nothing for sure.

I do not have a matching set of finger buttons (there are 2 originals and the other two mismatch).

I am willing to ship by Greyhound at the buyer’s expense.

Located in Boulder, CO

$1,500

Kevin.m.specht@gmail.com

Re: Besson 4 Valve Compensating BBb Tuba 4/4 | $1,500

PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:57 pm
by bloke
Don't under-sell this.
These are professional instruments, (arguably) play better than the Her-Excellency-and-Holiness (or whatever the newest uber-royalty name is for the current issue) version, play well in tune, are fully-chromatic, and - as long as the valves are not worn - are exceptionally fine instruments.

Re: Besson 4 Valve Compensating BBb Tuba 4/4 | $1,500

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:04 am
by TheGoyWonder
Show pistons plz!
You really have inspect the pistons on these bessons.

Re: Besson 4 Valve Compensating BBb Tuba 4/4 | $1,500

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:24 am
by Voisi1ev
Was going to say the same, more pictures would be great! Pistons, and maybe some closeups of the worst of the damage.

Re: Besson 4 Valve Compensating BBb Tuba 4/4 | $1,500

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:48 pm
by Tubaing
Pistons at their worst
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Pistons at their best
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Worst Damage (I think)
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Back Side
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Banged up knuckles
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Re: Besson 4 Valve Compensating BBb Tuba 4/4 | $1,500

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:55 pm
by TheGoyWonder
sigh, I'm gonna let it go. pretty close to what I'd like to see though!

Re: Besson 4 Valve Compensating BBb Tuba 4/4 | $1,500

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:55 pm
by obreitys
Wow! I wasn't aware this design was that old! I own this exact model; bought it only a couple of years ago. (By the way bloke, they're calling it the Sovereign series now :wink: ) Looks exactly the same. Must mean it's a solid build...

Re: Besson 4 Valve Compensating BBb Tuba 4/4 | $1,500

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:01 pm
by Tubaing
This tuba is now on hold! I will update this post when appropriate. Thank you! :tuba: