Hello, I recently pressed my Besson Sovereign BBb (Model 992) back into service after
minor repair work. The serial reads 992-720XXX. I'm guessing that it dates from the
mid 1980's (the brown plastic case and engraving indicates this, to me at least).
It plays super, even the top end. I am a professional orchestral player mostly using
CC and F, but I love playing this tuba when I get the opportunity.
Question - Is there a "golden age" for these 992 BBb's? I have played many Bessons
over the years and they vary. My EEb Sovereign plays well and comes from the same vintage.