This is a post war Besson Brevete Bb trumpet in excellent condition. This is the medium large bore (.460) model. The French Besson was the model used by Bach, Benge and others that became the standard for all other Bb trumpets in the 20th century. Exact manufacturing dates are sketchy, but this was most likely made just after WWII in the late 1940's. It appears to have original parts. At first, we assumed that it had been replated, but we've had it inspected by a respected brass technician and he is of the opinion that this is original plating and that the horn has likely been stored most of its life. The engraving on the bell is very sharp and the plating is excellent.
The valve casings are stamped 13, 14, 15 as are the top caps, bottom caps, and spring barrels in the French tradition of making these parts in sets of 3. The spring barrels also have the last three digits of the serial number stamped on them.
Valves are fast and smooth and show no wear. This horn is being sold as a part of a collection and nothing is known of when or who did the restoration, but it was very well done.
The horn plays well and is a great representative of what made these the iconic model of the contemporary trumpet.
Comes with a Besson case in excellent condition and original paper work on the horn . C. Bruno was the exclusive importer of Besson trumpets to the US after WWII.