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The Besson "Prototype" instruments are generally considered, in the trumpet/cornet community, to be the prelude to some of the best instrument they ever made just before WWII. Their prototype instruments evolved often, and this evolution helped them decide exactly how they wanted to manufacture pro-level instruments at a large scale. This Class A prototype is their 3rd or 4th iteration of the instrument, and includes only Bb slides and mouthpipe. It's got a bright response, and and all slides and valves move freely and easily.
Our professional brass technician disassembled and cleaned this instrument in our ultrasonic tank. No other work was required. After lubricating, reassembling, and hand-polishing this instrument, it was play-tested for quality assurance, and was found to be in great playing condition.
Cosmetically, this horn looks like a cornet from the 1930's. The engraving and plating throughout most of the horn are in great shape, but there are some spots of plating wear along the leadpipe, toward the bottom of the valve casings, and one of the ferrules on the main tuning slide is raw brass. It's seen some work and a lot of use over the years as well, but it's still a great player! Stop by Horn Stash today to check it out!
Stand not included.