F. Besson Brevete Bb Trumpet (pre-WWII)
The F. Besson Company was the pioneer of the modern trumpet. Their original trumpet designs from the 1880's became the benchmark against which all 20th century trumpets were measured. Many famous American trumpet makers like Vincent Bach, Elden Benge, Reynold Schilke, Domenick Calicchio, and many others all took inspiration or directly copied the French Besson trumpet. F. Besson trumpets were preferred by symphonic, studio, and jazz musicians alike, and still fit in nearly any musical situation.
This trumpet is in excellent condition. It bas been relacquered in the past, and the trumpet shows some lacquer loss throughout. The valves look to have been replated and have a tight fit and fast action. There are no patches and no signs of major trauma or repair, and all parts appear to be original.
Recent research from Josh Landress has indicated that the cutoff for pre-war Bessons is closer to serial number 95,000, which means this trumpet is a pre-war model. It is a great player with a lively, complex sound that rivals any trumpet made in the last 100 years.
Includes the original case.