Besson Sovereign BE981 Eb Tuba, Clear Lacquer

7,721.00 RRP 8,578.00 (including VAT @ 23%)

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Product Ref: 63204

  • Features Clear Lacquer Finish and Yellow Brass Bell
  • Suitable for Advanced Players and Professionals Alike
  • Design Includes 19-inch Bell and John Fletcher Leadpipe
  • Popular Among the World's Leading Brass and Wind Bands
  • Trusted for Their Free-Blowing Quality, Durability & Projection

Besson Sovereign BE981 Eb Tuba, Clear Lacquer


The Besson Sovereign BE981 Eb Tuba comes with a clear lacquer finish and yellow brass bell. The body has a professional look with high quality fittings to last for years to come. Featured on this design is a shepherd's crook, 1st valve thumb saddle, adjustable 3rd valve slide ring stop and a 4 valve compensating system. The 981 model comes with a 19-inch bell and a 'John Fletcher' leadpipe. The Sovereign series are popular among the world's leading brass and wind bands and are trusted because of their free-blowing quality, durability, longevity and projection. The BE981 comes equipped with a mouthpiece, case and maintenance kit.

Product Ref: 63204

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The Reference for Brass Bands

Besson is the brand name most associated with brass band communities. The commitment towards their research and development is demonstrated through the constant improvements of existing models, to better cope with the ever-changing demands and styles of the modern day composer and performer.

Yellow Brass Bell

The Yellow brass bell contains a higher ratio of zinc to copper within the brass alloy, which provides the tuba with a mellow, yet focused sound. The rim of the bell is rolled and soldered over selected brass wire to provide strength and protection to the end of the bell.

Besson Case

The Besson Sovereign Tuba Case is ideal for travelling players. Whether you're going to school, rehearsal, gigs or concerts, this case will protect your tuba from scratches and knocks, keeping your instrument looking, feeling, and sounding like new for longer.


  • John Fletcher leadpipe
  • 4 Compensating Valves (3+1)
  • Handmade Bell
  • 4 Water keys
  • Shepherds Crook
  • 1st Valve Thumb Saddle
  • Adjustable 3rd Valve Slide Ring Stop


  • Key Of: Eb
  • Finish: Clear Lacquer
  • Bell: Yellow Brass
  • Bell Diameter: 19"
  • Bore: .681"
  • Weight: 20lb 8oz
  • Included Accessories: Mouthpiece, Case and Maintenance Kit