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Don Cherry

F. Besson (Paris) MEHA • no. 92211 • 1930’s

(private collection)

Besson made this amazing little pocket model just prior to the second world war. One unique feature: it came with a pair of shanks, so it could be played with either cornet or trumpet mouthpiece.  This interesting feature was duplicated on my Besson pocket reproduction.

It is gold plated, and an excellent player.  Note the right-hand “French” bell placement – a very late usage of this configuration.

“Free Jazzer” Don Cherry played this model pocket cornet (although it is always referred to as being a pocket trumpet).

Length (shank removed): 8.875”

Bell Diameter: 2.75”

Bore: .462

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