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The Best "Meha"
Pre-War F. Besson Meha
38%
 38%  [ 18 ]
Post-War F. Besson Meha
14%
 14%  [ 7 ]
Benge Claude Gordon Model
6%
 6%  [ 3 ]
Kanstul-made F. Besson Meha
14%
 14%  [ 7 ]
Kanstul 1070 "Big Band" Model
6%
 6%  [ 3 ]
Selmer Claude Gordon Model
19%
 19%  [ 9 ]
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Crazy Finn
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hugh Anderson wrote:
How about a Reynolds Medalist .470?

Are you referring to the Olds/Reynolds model? I've played several of those, one older Besson, and I have a LA Benge. Definitely no. Good horns, but not much like the lighter Bessons.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://contemporacorner.com/trumpets/medalist-trumpets/

Reynolds/RMC apparently. Not made after Olds took over according to this page.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hugh Anderson wrote:
http://contemporacorner.com/trumpets/medalist-trumpets/

Reynolds/RMC apparently. Not made after Olds took over according to this page.

The Olds era Medalists are pretty similar to the Olds Ambassador - as it says on this page - which is why I didn't think they're were very Besson-like.

I don't know about the 1961-1964 Blessing made ones. I've never played one.
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Hugh Anderson
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's kind of a hoot that for 3 years they put a .470 in their cheapest horn.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heim wrote:
John Mohan wrote:
Heim wrote:

Pre WWI is the real quality French Besson


Would you please list a source or sources for your opinion?


When learning about the bell, mandrel, and history of the horn in question, Jerome Callet told me he wanted the mandrel used to make the bells for the "pre-war Besson" that had been lost during WWI. That he had designed a horn around that bell, but could not locate the mandrel for quite some time, until someone discovered it and gave (or sold) it to him.

From this I understood "pre-war" to refer to WWI, but I have no idea beyond that. Haven't played any of the beasts, but would love to.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:56 am    Post subject: Pre-war Reply with quote

Prewar is pre WWII....serial numbers preceding 92000. Sizes are all over
sub .460 to greater. There is no rhyme or reason and no records. The sub .460's play great and if at factory specs..you can not tell the bore.

The problems arise when they are repaired. All these horns are very old
and just due to that, have had to have something replaced. Most of the work is done with stock tubing, which may not match up to the original.

When I restore these horns, we have tubing drawn to the correct ID and OD. To "play", these horns need to remain as close to original as possible
AND the person doing the work needs absolutely to understand Bessons.
He really needs to be a competent player, as well. The adjustments come during the process as the horns are constantly played during the process.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure why this thread died. Too bad it didn't continue; very informative. But personally, and not to disrespect homebilly, my Meha is the best. Just wish I'd never stopped playing it.
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