This is a group of professional compensating euphoniums hand made by Willson in Switzerland. These are considered some of the premier euphoniums in the world, alongside Besson, Hirsbrunner and Adams. Several models and options are available, as shown in the drop down menu above. Read on for specs, descriptions, and options.
The 2900 is the most popular of all Willson euphoniums. The slightly small bell diameter allows some extra ease of travel and case choices, and lets more of the high frequencies of your tone ring out into the room, adding clarity and crispness of tone. The mouthpiece receiver size is fairly rare for a modern instrument. It's not small shank trombone, it's not large shank trombone. It's right in the middle. We call it the Besson/Willson/Euro size. Stock mouthpieces are available from Denis Wick, Schilke and Faxx. Other sizes may be ordered from Josef Klier and other makers. You will face limited size choices whenever you seek such a mouthpiece. Why is this instrument the most popular of the Willsons? Somehow this receiver size resulted in a perfect fit, the best pitch, and an easy response. One of our staff plays a Willson 2900 and wouldn't change instruments for anything.
The larger bell diameter of this model reflects more of the highs of your tone back into the horn, so it should lean towards a slightly darker and broader sound. In addition, the large shank receiver allows many more options for mouthpiece sizes without resorting to a custom mouthpiece.
The 2950 is identical to the 2900 except for:
The 2900 can also be had with a bass trombone shank receiver as desired. This is the stock version we order.
Decoding the options from the drop down menu, a 2900BTS-C would have a large shank receiver, silver plate finish, and a hard case.
This is a variation of the 2950 called the Celebration Model. I'm not exactly clear on the differences between the 2950 and 2960 (something is lost in translation), but it looks like small differences in the bell rim and the nickel bow guards. Update June 2016: The bell throat is larger and the bell rim has a heavier wire in it. This one was the hit of ITEC 2016, and we have that one in stock.
The 2975 is a rare compensating euphonium with four front action pistons. This is the design used in many modern tubas, but nearly all euphoniums made today have kept the traditional British style top action pistons. Front action pistons may be more ergonomic for some players, they hark back to the traditional American style euphonium design, and at last, the bell finally points the proper direction. We believe this instrument has a bass trombone shank receiver for ease of mouthpiece choice. The bell is yellow brass 3150, 290mm / 11.41", the same as the model 2900. One water key is standard. Weight is slightly lighter than the other Willson models, at 4.0kg / 8.8 lbs. The stock finish is silver plate, but lacquer can be had by special order.