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Besson BE-9812 EEb Sovereign Tuba

by Besson
Original price £8,500.00 - Original price £8,500.00
Original price
£8,500.00 - £8,500.00
Current price £8,500.00

The design of the Besson BE9812 EEb tuba is one of the most famous designs in history of tuba development.

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.



  • 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