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Besson Recording Bass at Baltimore Brass

Postby hrender » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:25 pm

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Re: Besson Recording Bass at Baltimore Brass

Postby Tubajug » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:38 pm

Just on a quick browse I noticed they have some cool old Conn tubas too. One is a rotary horn even. Neat stuff!
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Re: Besson Recording Bass at Baltimore Brass

Postby hrender » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:49 pm

They've now identified this as a Besson 785 BBb. Great price given that it appears to be in excellent condition.
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Re: Besson Recording Bass at Baltimore Brass

Postby Heavy_Metal » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:29 pm

I've played that Conn rotary if it's the same one that's been there for quite a while. I like it, but don't have the room............. :(
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Re: Besson Recording Bass at Baltimore Brass

Postby bort » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:18 pm

Heavy_Metal wrote:I've played that Conn rotary if it's the same one that's been there for quite a while. I like it, but don't have the room............. :(


I hated that tuba when I played it almost 2 years ago. It had 1 good note, low BBb, which was the most huge, awesome, thunderous, outrageous low BBb I've ever played. Every other note sucked. I couldn't get anything close to a scale out of that tuba, no matter how hard I tried.

Needs a valve job? Air leaks? Since then has been fixed? Perhaps I'm just a terrible player? :tuba:

I wanted so badly to like that tuba, but it was not on the same planet for me.
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Re: Besson Recording Bass at Baltimore Brass

Postby Three Valves » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:49 pm

When one says “odd looking English tuba” this image pops right into my head!!
Who needs four valves??

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