1890 Besson Cornet



  • 1890 F. Besson London A/Bb/C cornet still life photo, yesterday in my living room. The Bb configuration is shown, along with a couple pages of “Bride of the Waves” cornet solo.

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  • Very nice!!!



  • I took a few glamour shots of my 1890 F. Besson London Nouveau Etoile model A/Bb/C cornet today. It’s a neat old instrument, and plays surprisingly well to be 130 years old. It’s listed on the Galpin Society of 19th century Besson instruments known to exist. The surviving company books list this one as shipped to Carl Fischer, New York, in December 1890.

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