Euphonium FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Euphoniums 

Are Besson Euphoniums the best?

Besson Euphoniums are arguably the best Euphoniums on the market at the moment. With a Besson Euphonium you will get an impressively engineered and great specification instrument which plays wonderfully.


Is a euphonium the same as a tuba?

The euphonium is very similar to the tuba in look and construction. The main difference between a tuba and euphonium is that the tuba typically covers the lowest notes when played in an ensemble, and the euphonium plays a slightly higher range of notes.


Is a euphonium hard to play?

The Euphonium possesses a higher range than a Tuba and is arguably a little easier to play due to its more lightweight construction. It is therefore a great starter instrument for students and beginners.


Is euphonium easy to learn?

The euphonium is easier for beginners to learn because the embouchure doesn't take as long to develop. You may have to work longer at your embouchure if you play the trumpet, for example.


What is a euphonium player called?

A person who plays the euphonium is sometimes called a euphoniumist, euphophonist, or a euphonist.


Are euphonium and baritone the same thing?

The main difference is the bore size. The euphonium is conical (the tubing gradually gets bigger from the mouthpiece to the bell) and the baritone is cylindrical (it maintains a consistent bore size throughout the major portion of the instrument which means it has a brighter sound).


What is the difference between a trombone and a euphonium?

The euphonium, like the tenor trombone, is pitched in concert B♭. For a valved brass instrument like the euphonium, this means that when no valves are in use the instrument will produce partials of the B♭ harmonic series


There will be differences in the tone quality, because the baritone/euphonium is a conical bore instrument whereas the trombone is a cylindrical bore.


In terms of range, the two instruments are similar.