Prewar (BESSON) MEHA TRUMPET #86690/VG Cond Serviced
This brass is no longer for sale (sold on 2009-03-07)
Price : US $500.00
This is a prewar Besson (though not marked Besson anywhere), marked ''Paris-France MEHA Fabrication Francaise Perfectionnee''; the serial number is 86690. The horn is in very good condition, having been carefully restored as a player some time back. The horn was never subjected to buffing- all the surface nicks and roll marks were not ''beautified'' at the expense of the horn itself. Rather, it appears to have been cleaned and lightly sandblasted before being silver-plated. The horn seems to have been very straight except for some wrinkle lines in the bell that show it was rolled out. There is a very well-made patch on top of the leadpipe. I just had this horn serviced by a very fine tech, who examined this and declared that there is no crack/rot/open seam in the leadpipe: the patch was put on top because of surface wear from holding and playing the horn, and was done to prevent further wear that might eventually actually damage the leadpipe. Valve casings are stamped 10, 11, and 12; the top and bottom caps, as well as the spring barrels all have the same numbers. You can see where the stop-rod was removed from the main tuning slide; the ''footprint'' of its post is still visible, again, showing that the restoration was done to preserve the integrity of the horn, not to ''beautify'' it by grinding it half away to erase superficial blemishes. The valves were redone too, and compression is strong. Bore measures .458''. All caps and slides are free- the horn is ready to play. There's no case with the horn.
This brass is sold (sold on 2009-03-07)
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