Besson “Prototype” Cornet
This is a classic instrument from the turn of the last century. This is a 1902, silver plated, Besson Cornet which was made in London, England. It is in spectacular condition and recently had the valves re-plated so, the valve compression is perfect. Almost every section of the cornet is engraved. Actually, on this website go back to the Home page and scroll down a bit and you'll see several more photos of this very instrument. These photos will show you just how elaborate the engraving really is on this beautiful horn. I have seen other Besson cornets but never one quite this old and never with this much engraving. Even the tops of the finger buttons are engraved! Also in the photo you will see an additional leadpipe and an additional tuning slide which will allow you to convert the horn so it plays in several different keys. Depending on the leadpipe and tuning slide combinations this cornet will play in Bb, A and Ab. Call 973-4299 to make an appointment to see and play this horn.