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Besson Sovereign 980 Eb Tuba, Used


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This is a premier Eb tuba made in Germany by Buffet/B&S/MW.  It's in nearly new condition with only a few marks from handling and a light patina.  The 980 includes a Winter hard case and a Glenn Cronkhite soft case.  Mouthpiece is additional.  Professionally played in Los Angeles.

  • Key : Eb
  • Bore : .681" / 17.30 mm
  • Bell : Yellow brass 17.0" / 431 mm
  • Valves : 4 compensating (3+1) in stainless steel
  • Waterkeys : 4
  • Finish : Silver plate
  • Weight : 20lb 8oz / 9300g
  • Accessory pack : lyre, oil, cloth
  • Mouthpiece : sold separately
  • Case : Winter and Cronkhite


This classic British style 17" bell Eb tuba has a more compact sound with more clarity of tone than the 19" bell model 981, making this one especially nice for small ensemble, solo or recording situations.

This One

This tuba is lightly used with no dents or dings and very few marks.  Some light tarnish is showing.  I only lightly polished with a soft cloth and distilled water for the photos.  It can be much shinier with some minimal effort.  The back of the bottom bow shows some marks from the previous owner's belt.  All slides and valves work perfectly and this tuba is in terrific condition.  Played professionally in Los Angeles.

Includes Besson-Winter wheeled hard case and Glenn Cronkhite cordura soft case in perfect condition.

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