Posted by james on May 29, 1999 at 09:54:21:
In Reply to: Euphonium: 3T/1S or 4T? posted by Tuba Walrus on May 28, 1999 at 21:45:21:
With a compensating system, the lower register on euphonium is greatly improved in intonation like the difference between a standard four valve BBb and a Besson compensating BBb. All the pedal tones are easily hit with the compensating system as they are played the same as an octave higher + the fourth valve( i.e. pedal C is 1-3-4, pedal B is 1-2-3-4, and pedal D is 1-2-4). Intonation is almost perfect whereas in a standard top action four valve you have to play with different fingerings to find what's in tune and do a lot of slide pulling and mouth adjusting. Hope this helps.