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Besson BE981 EEb Sovereign Tuba £6,708.42
Besson BE981 EEb Sovereign Tuba
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The design of the Besson BE981 EEb tuba is one of the most famous designs in history of tuba develoment. Made famous by the legendary John Fletcher who advised on its design, it has for a couple of generations been regarded as possessing the ultimate rich tone in bands and also professional symphony orchestras.

Constructed with a larger bore mouthpipe, the tuba produces a wider symphonic tone. Considered a "concert" model, the BE981 tuba is designed for playing in the seated position. A lower position mouthpipe offers comfort to the symphonic player whether they be playing in a concert band or symphony orchestra.

Instrument specifications

Key: EEb
Bore: .681" (17.3mm)
Bell diameter: 19" (483mm)
Weight: 9.3kg (20lb 8oz)
Valves: 4 bottom sprung stainless steel
2nd valve finger ring
Compensating system
Water keys: 4
Original John Fletcher mouthpipe
Finishes: lacquer or bright silverplate
Moulded case, plush lined interior, with wheels
Supplied outfit, in case with Alliance mouthpiece in leather case and accessories

Instrument characteristics

  • Constructed from high quality brass : Excellent response and quality of sound
  • Water keys with synthetic rubber seals : For a perfect seal
  • Stainless steel pistons : Smooth action and non-corrosive
  • Bottom sprung valves : Fast valve action
  • Delrin valve guides : For quieter valve action
  • Phosphor bronze valve springs : Non-corrosive
  • Nickel silver inner slides : Non-corrosive
  • Compensating system : Improves intonation of lower register
  • Computerized bell spinning : For tonal consistency
  • Bell rim rolled and soldered over brass wire : Adds strength and protection to bell
  • Spring damper set : For quieter valve action
  • High quality fitted case with wheels : Protection and ease of handling

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- For International sales, please email for shipping costs. -
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 23 November, 2008.
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