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    ? for experts on older Besson Sovereign 992 BBb's

    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.
    Thank you,

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    Most 992's are good, especially compared to later models, in my experience. They weren't actually made that long, early 80's then replaced in 88-89?
    Andy Cattanach, BBb Tuba + Bass Trombone.

    Intrada Brass Ensemble. Brighouse and Rastrick Band.

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