The standard model at this time became, of course, the New Standard. Despite some minor pitting, the valves stil run smoothly. Second valve tuning slide Originally pointed forward like the original sovereign. It was frosted silver plate and is a variation I have never seen otherwise. My tech used to work at where they overhauled 1010s and other Booseys regularly but he says the demand has dwindled somewhat for these older big bore horns.
This is the same arrangement as the Prestige model. Assuming no cracks and no other issues. Honestly, the quality of this horn astounds me. You're right about the smooth keywork. If the New Standard has got the microbore valves I'd take that over the Imp. It's possible to find old Booseys with excellent wood bodies and trashed keywork. The 'Imp' was the basic instrument used in layout and parts to design the first model small bore 'Sovereign', and the similarity is clear when both are side by side.
This had the same valves but lever style triggers rather than the ring one on the 921. The one I got I found on Craig'sList and it is an Edgeware model, serial number 135xxx and I dated it to be around 1956 or 57. Just as with Pruefer and other mostly-forgotten brands, the ones with decent keywork cost no more to buy than the pot-metal abominations--so don't settle for one with crummy keys. The 981 Sovereign had a larger leadpipe which was virtually straight known as the 'concert' model while the 982 Sovereign had a leadpipe similar to the Imperial and was known as the 'band' model. Whatever the truth of this it did damage Boosey and Hawkes reputation. In any event, have a look here.
They are now the exclusive distributor of Buffet woodwinds. Those I see regularly are not in good condition. MacMichael Heavyweight Member Joined: 20 May 2011 Posts: 643 Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:28 am Post subject: Well, I am a bit astonished to read about those instruments as for military use. The mouthpiece is a Reginald Kell 926 medium open model, in very good condition, no damage to rails or lay, only ligature scratches. The case is not original, it is a Leblanc with a replacement handle, and sticker! The key to getting a 928 working well is mouthpiece choice.
To get optimum fit use a Denis Wick made before 1980 of reduce the taper of later mpcs so that they fit properly and mpc and leadpipe tapers are continuous. The surviving records for reed instruments begin in 1879 with the serial number 5968. I don't want to be giving it away. After a lot of hard work the first large bore Sovereign cornet was born. This chart is primarily intended to help with the identification of but will help with Identifying other Boosey and Hawkes made brass instruments. B4033 Imperial model Bf euphonium. Secondly, the serial number 56xxx appears to have been had-engraved.
Tuning was slightly adversely effected but not direly. They were not produced at the same time. From my own experience dealers would often get a lacquered cornet plated in order to meet an order for a set because there seemed to be too many lacquered ones being made compared to silver. In 1975 in a moment of youthful impertanence, I went into Boosey and Hawkes in Regent street and had a play on a new sovereign euphonium. The main difference not mentioned was the Imperial had metal valve guides and the Sovereign nylon. Of course, the purpose of the ball on the bottom bow was to align the tuba in its marching harness. I believe this makes it a 1952 - he had it as long as I can remember ie 45 years.
My sound but full and spread - still very open compared to the Yamaha's punchier focus. The wood is so compact and dense and the keywork, although a tad thick in places, is still rock steady and responsive. Ed Pillinger made me a P45b facing one of his 1010 pieces. These tables give the earliest serial numbers recorded for each period. MacMichael Heavyweight Member Joined: 20 May 2011 Posts: 643 Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:50 am Post subject: Aha, so even if it does not say class A on the bell and it does have the microbor valves? Hope yours will last a long time. Some say bore size match is required on these and all horns.
So a sweet almond oil soak, strip down, clean, oil and polish has improved things immensely. I can certainly recommend hunting one down! Here in Australia they are not uncommon they were probably the only clarinet commonly available here until the 1970s but not exactly sought after however. I haven't played for the main part of 25 years and its starting to come back to me. I was shocked at how slick it was against my modern intermediate and pro horns. In that same year they purchased Schreiber Bassoon Co.
Besson Boosey and Hawkes Serial Number List 1974. Ed's work is flawless and amazing service! I was in a band that bought a brand new band set of 'New Standard' instruments in 1973 when the whole set was £10,500. The ball had been hacksawed off my tuba when I got it. Mine is a marvellous horn - such a sweet, rich tone and easy to play. I still play the original prototype. International 723 Cornet Besson Prestige 2001- This was developed in consultation with Roger Webster for a video of a masterclass where Roger talks about the development of the Prestige cornet. Anyway, congratulations for this nice horn.