Besson BE967 Sovereign 4 Valve Compensating Euphonium

Besson BE967 Sovereign 4 Valve Compensating Euphonium


BE967 Sovereign – 12″ bell – Silver plated

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Besson BE967 Sovereign 4 Valve Compensating Euphonium

The Besson BE967 Sovereign 4 Valve Compensating Euphonium has a 12“ diameter bell resulting in excellent projection. The mouthpiece receiver is connected by a brace as opposed to being completely soldered to the bell. This allows for free vibration and enhanced tone. The patented spring damper set creates quieter valve action. 

Bore: 14.73mm (.580″)
Key: Bb
Weight: 4.5kg (9lb 15oz)
Bell diameter: 304.88mm/12″ upright
Valves: 4 bottom sprung stainless steel
Water keys: 3 (including 3rd valve slide)
2nd valve finger ring
Patented spring damper set
Nickel-silver tuning slides
“Floating” leadpipe
Nylon Delrin valve guides
Classic bell size
Finish: silver-plate (lacquer also available)

“Floating” leadpipe – Enhanced tone, allows bell to vibrate
2nd valve finger ring – For ease of tuning
304.8 mm – 12″ Bell – Greater sound projection
Bell rim rolled and soldered over brass bell wire – Adds strength and protection to bell
Bottom sprung valves – Faster action
Compensating – Improved intonation in lower register
Nickel silver tuning slides – Resists corrosion
Patented spring damper set – Quieter valve action
Stainless steel pistons – For smooth valve action. No oxidization
Synthetic rubber water key seals – For a perfect seal
Water reservoir – Protects clothes from leaking moisture from pistons

The Sovereign 967 and 968 and the 967T and 968T euphoniums with their lively response, “classic” BESSON tone and wonderful valve action are known and trusted by players all over the world. The Sovereign euphoniums are slightly lighter in weight than the Prestige models, providing a very open and free-blowing feel with an immediacy of response that appeals to many musicians. All the Sovereign models are large bore four-valve compensating instruments, with the bell size of the 968 slightly smaller than the 967.

The new family member is the 967T which is the classic 967 model with a new addition: the famous tuning slide trigger from the Prestige euphonium, giving increased control over all aspects of the tuning and slightly darkening the tone. This model is proving to be a very exciting and popular addition to the Besson range. Sovereign euphoniums have a facility and versatility that make them highly sought-after, and like all the Besson brass range, have benefited greatly from developments in valve technology since production commenced in Germany.

Additional information

Weight31 kg

Silver Plated


4 valve compensating


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