Steven Mead who works closely with Besson on the development of their brass instruments has reported on the latest development to the new Besson range.
Steven told 4BR: "Development has been underway for the new Besson baritones that will be released to the world in 2008. The 3 valve Sovereign baritone (955) has been painstakingly rebuilt with all new parts (with the high-tech new valve group) as were the highly acclaimed new Sovereign and Prestige euphoniums."
The Besson Sovereign 955 Baritone is now in full production and it is expected the re-modeled 4 valve 956 will follow in a couple of month's time4BR
Steve states that the new model has undergone extensive testing: "This model and the Sovereign 4 valve compensating model (956) have undergone extensive testing by myself and baritone virtuoso Katrina Marzella.
The four valve model is now undergoing re-modeling with several brand new features to be revealed, with new slide configurations, 4th valve position and improved tuning. It is hoped this new model with be released as a Prestige baritone in 2008."
Declared a winner
The 3 valve 955 has been declared a real winner by all those who have seen and tested it. Final testing took place in Geretsreid, Germany with the management of Buffet Crampon including new President Antoine Beaussant, Werner Duwe and from JAMusik, Gerhard Meinl and their top design team.
Steve and Katrina did the playing and were able to convey their appreciation and delight at the new 955 baritone which has several notable new features.
Richer and fuller sound
Firstly the sound is richer and fuller than its predecessor yet preserves the essential characteristics of a baritone. This fuller tone is especially noticeable in the lower and higher range.
The tuning is much improved with the previously problematic notes, particularly high A and middle D, sorted once and for all!
The benefits of new Besson valve technology that have been such a winner with the new euphoniums are manifest with the new baritones too. Fast, smooth and totally reliable valve action is guaranteed.
The Besson Sovereign 955 Baritone is now in full production and it is expected the re-modeled 4 valve 956 will follow in a couple of month's time.
Look out for them and if you are a baritone player, get your name on the list for one NOW!!
Go to: http://www.besson.com/en/