The euphonium is a medium-sized, conical-bore brass instrument generally voiced for tenor. Though the instrument isn't as popular as the french horn, trumpet, trombone or tuba, it is used in orchestras, concert bands and solo literature.
There are plenty of options for the student, intermediate and professional euphonium players. This isn't only true of individual instruments but also of solo euphonium makers and larger brands.
With such a wide variety of choices, knowing the market’s top brands is useful. Of course, the brand is far from the most important aspect of a euphonium, though it's still worth considering for general knowledge and judgement. In this article, I’ll share my take on the top euphonium brands.
Though obviously subjective and prone to biases, I’ve done my best to list out these brands based on the following metrics (in no particular order):
- Company reputation
- Performance of the euphoniums
- Longevity of the euphoniums
- Variety of euphoniums available
- Accessibility of the euphoniums (how easy they are to find/buy)
- The company must currently be in operation
With all that being said, let’s list out the brands.
The top 11 best euphonium brands are:
Let’s get into each of these brands in greater detail and explain why they belong in the top 11 best euphonium brands. I’ll share their country of origin, a bit of history, an example of a notable euphonium, and a link to their official website.
Jupiter represents the student line of one of the world’s biggest musical instrument companies: KHS. This international giant created Jupiter to be its representative in the student segment, which makes it a quality brand that can offer good instruments to learn how to play at affordable prices.
Furthermore, Jupiter's critical acclaim from the Asian market made the manufacturers expand to other latitudes, and it is now possible to buy Jupiter euphoniums anywhere on Earth. Jupiter has to be on your list if you are looking for a reliable, great-sounding instrument to learn how to play.
Notable euphonium: Jupiter JEP1120 (link to check the price at Music & Arts)
This is a 3+1 valve classical design that can help you grow your skills as a beginner and also as an advanced player. The lacquered brass body is made using state-of-the-art technology to deliver the player an accurate scale and great playability.
In the same vein, the stress-free assembly improves tonal clarity facilitating performance at the same time. Finally, the handcrafted 12.2” yellow brass bell delivers focused yet warm and resonant tones that make this a suitable euphonium for any application.
Official website: jupitermusic.com
Jupiter was established by its Taiwanese parent company, KHS, in 1980. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Zhongli, Taiwan.
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With over 50 inventions accredited to his name, Gustave was a genius in acoustic science. Moreover, he founded Besson, the company that bears his name, at age 17, and his legacy as a natural-born innovator lives on in every instrument bearing its name.
Since 2007, Besson has belonged to the Buffet-Crampon family of brands and is part of that virtuous circle that forms inside of such conglomerates sharing the best practices between companies and elevating the standards for all.
Besson is a legend in terms of euphoniums; try one today and hear the difference.
Notable euphonium: Besson Prestige BE2052 (link to check the price at Woodwind Brasswind)
Perhaps the most audacious feature of this euphonium is that the adjustable main tuning slide trigger allows the player total control over the instrument's tuning. This is no small detail—with this euphonium, you can play with whoever you want (piano, orchestra, or band) with perfect intonation.
Moreover, its 12” bell is finished with gold lacquer, and the free-floating lead pipe allows uncanny resonance and projection.
Finally, the euphonium comes equipped with a deluxe-shaped case, an Alliance mouthpiece, valve oil, and a set of additional top and bottom caps.
Official website: besson.com
Besson was founded by Gustave August Besson in 1837. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Mantes-La-Ville, France.
To begin talking about King brass wind instruments, we need to name Charlie Parker, Tommy Dorsey, and Cannonball Adderley. Why are these names important? Well, because these legends could have chosen any brand but played mostly King. Therefore, King brass instruments are the sound that shaped a generation in the 40s and 50s and most of the music that came out since.
Nowadays, after more than 120 years of relentless commitment to excellence, every King instrument is still a faithful representation of the brand’s name. If you’re after a euphonium with flawless craftsmanship, impeccable playability, and a great sound, you have to try King out before buying anything else.
Notable euphonium: King 2280SP (link to check the price at Sweetwater)
This intermediate, no-compensating euphonium is ideal for advanced students and gigging musicians. This is mainly because the spring-loaded third slide and the extra-long fourth pull slide extend the range and help intonation. Therefore, you can play whichever style, venue, or weather, perfectly in-tune every time. Finally, the nickel-plated pistons provide unmatched durability and silk-like smooth action.
This is the perfect euphonium to play gigs, study, and hone your craft for years to come.
Official website: conn-selmer.com/en-us/our-brands/king
King was founded by Henderson White and Thomas King in 1894. Currently, the company is owned by Conn-Selmer, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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Willson started as a repair shop in 1950, but by 1955 they were already manufacturing their first wood and brass wind instruments. The reception was critical acclaim since the experts at Willson had opened up so many top-notch instruments that were able to spot and improve on other brands’ design flaws.
As a result, in 1965, the company moved to a bigger facility. In this place, under the command of Willy Kurath junior, 25 experts make exclusive instruments for shipping to the entire planet.
If your budget allows it and you’re after excellence, trying a Willson euphonium is a must.
Notable euphonium: Willson 2960TA-UK (link to check the price at Thomann)
This euphonium represents the pinnacle of Willson’s craftsmanship and sound. To begin with, the 4 compensating valves, .661” bore, and 12.2” bell give it the quintessential British euphonium sound with tons of projection, power, and definition. Also, the three stainless steel non-corrosive water valves make it easy to get rid of it in a heartbeat. Finally, the nylon valve guides are completely noise-free.
Willson’s best represents the world’s best. If you are after such an instrument, this Willson euphonium needs to be on your list.
Official website: willsonbandinstruments.com
Willson was founded by Willy Kurath senior in 1950. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Flums, Switzerland.
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The story behind Holton is that of a man who dared to dream big, supported by uncanny talent and a drive to succeed. Indeed, Frank’s tiny second-hand instrument shop in Chicago turned into one of the world's most sought-after band instrument makers.
Among the many names that choose Holton brass wind instruments are Ethel Merker, Vincent Bach, and Philip Farkas. Being the go-to option for legends is to be a legendary instrument maker. Try one today and hear the difference pro players choose Holton for.
Notable euphonium: Holton B490R (link to check the price at Hoffman Music)
This euphonium features 4 valves with in-line pistons that grant effortless playing. Moreover, the 11” bell provides a big sound that oozes projection but remains focused at all times. The tonal center and spot-on pitch are granted in Holton’s design. Finally, like every Holton brass wind instrument, this is a durable, great-sounding instrument ready to take any stage in the world.
Official website: conn-selmer.com/en-us/our-brands/holton
Parent company: Conn-Selmer
Frank Holton founded the company that bears his name in 1896. Currently, the headquarters are in Eastlake, Ohio, USA.
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Eastman was able to form a virtuous circle among the many brands it owns, and as a result, each product they put out into the market is the result of combined leverage and know-how. Moreover, the same circle allowed companies to share the best manufacturing and quality assurance practices making every Eastman-backed instrument a great canvas to paint your talent.
Trusting Eastman with your money and ear is a safe choice that will give you excellent results.
Arriving at the gig with the modern backpack-style case, this euphonium feature is not only convenient but also comfortable. Moreover, inside, you’ll find an instrument with a .591” bore and .610” fourth valve bore, producing the exact euphonium sound you would expect from a euphonium in this category. Also, the 11” yellow brass upright bell ensures projection, clarity, and power. Finally, the stainless pistons and silver-plated finish ensure durability and top-notch performance for years to come.
Official website: eastmanwinds.com
Eastman was founded by Qian Ni in 1992. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Pomona, California, USA.
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Christian Hirsbrunner started his company in the 1770s and founded a family tradition that is still active these days. Indeed, the company has been perfecting the craft for over 250 years and was able to introduce historical innovations picked up by the competition. For example, it was Peter Arnold Hirsbrunner the one who developed the first automatic compensation system applied to cylinder valves.
Nowadays, Hirsbrunner is still family-owned and continues to create magnificent brass wind instruments. You should check them out before buying; they might surprise you.
Notable euphonium: Hirsbrunner HBS479 Euphonium (link to check it out at Hirsbrunner)
The famous Hirsbrunner automatic compensation system is an integral part of the design of this 4-piston-valve instrument. Furthermore, the .669” bore and 12” bell make it a powerful-sounding euphonium oozing focused projection and tone. In the same vein, the silver lacquer finish adds warmth to the overall sound. This great-sounding instrument can take your playing to the next level.
Official website: hirsbrunner.com
Hirsbrunner was founded by Hansulrich Hirsbrunner in 1847. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Sumiswald, Switzerland.
Hirsbrunner is featured in other top brand articles at My New Microphone. Check out these articles here!
Although Gustav was a piano master builder from the 19th century whose creations are sought-after until this day, the company proved resilient after WWII. It made some of the best brass wind instruments on the market. This can be attributed to the commitment to excellence introduced by the late Gustav and is still present in the brand’s core beliefs.
Schiller is an amazing brand that makes outstanding euphoniums. In case you haven’t already, try one before buying; they’ll surprise you.
Notable euphonium: Schiller Elite IV Euphonium (link to check the price on Amazon)
Finished in jaw-dropping silver and gold, this dual-bore (.571” and .661”) 4-piston euphonium makes justice to its name because it looks, plays, and feels elite to the last bit. Moreover, the big Pluzuma Welded bell (12.28”) with its double silver plated finish delivers a big, warm, euphonium tone with tons of projection.
Also, the 4 stainless steel pistons feature precise valve casings that ensure a surgical-level precision that allows effortless action. Finally, this euphonium comes inside a Cordura-covered hardshell case with a genuine Schiller mouthpiece.
Official website: schillerinstruments.com
Schiller was founded by Gustav Schiller in 1885. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Stevens Point, Michigan, USA.
Schiller is featured in other top brand articles at My New Microphone. Check out these articles here!
Miraphone is the result of the combined effort of 13 master builders who survived WWII and needed to find a way to sell their state-of-the-art brass wind instruments. Miraphone is still today a cooperative effort. Thus, by sharing the knowledge they accumulated during the Graslitz years, it is safe to say that Miraphone instruments build upon a long heritage that can be traced to centuries in the past.
Therefore, what you can expect from this brand is the best of German tradition crafting musical instruments blended with the most modern manufacturing practices.
Notable euphonium: Miraphone M5050 (link to check the price at Woodwind Brasswind)
This euphonium by Miraphone is a great example of what this brand can do. The redesigned mouthpiece receiver is made of a heavier material and adds efficiency to every blow. This means you’ll have to make less effort to play louder.
Also, the concentrated airflow increases the instrument’s projection while the design keeps it tightly focused throughout the entire dynamic spectrum. This focused sound can be attributed to a reinforced bottom bow and the first branch with a special protection cap.
This euphonium by Miraphone is perfect for those looking for a next-level instrument.
Official website: miraphone.de
Miraphone was born as a cooperative after WWII when 13 master builders who worked in Graslitz decided to join forces. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Waldkraiburg, Germany.
Miraphone is featured in other top brand articles at My New Microphone. Check out these articles here!
Yamaha is a big name in everything they do because the company’s commitment to excellence works as a core belief throughout the entire product catalogue. Hence, you can expect your Yamaha euphonium to receive the same attention to detail as the top-end motorbikes ready to go at 200 km/h.
This brand has been making state-of-the-art instruments for over a century, with a presence on every major stage in the world you can think of. Yamaha is a brand you can trust.
Notable euphonium: Yamaha YEP-842TS (link to check the price at Woodwind Brasswind)
This is Yamaha’s flagship euphonium with a twist: the design was improved by the addition of a main tuning slide trigger system. This addition offers the player precise, enhanced pitch control. Moreover, Yamaha tested the trigger under the most extreme conditions to ensure durability regardless of the conditions. Finally, the added weight provided by the trigger system helps the player achieve greater depth and articulated clarity.
Yamaha’s flagship euphonium represents the benchmark of the industry. If your budget allows it, you should give it a try before you buy.
Official website: yamaha.com
Yamaha was founded by Torakusu Yamaha in 1887. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Yamaha is featured in other top brand articles at My New Microphone. Check out these articles here!
Wessex is the brand of one of the most experienced and sought-after tuba players in the world: Jonathan Hodgetts. This sole fact gives the company a competitive advantage against the rest of the brands on this list: its catalogue is finely curated by one of the most refined ears in the world.
But that’s not all; Jonathan created a series of quality assurance techniques that he applied to the outsourced production in China, achieving outstanding results. If you want a great-sounding euphonium that won’t break the bank, Wessex is a brand you must try before you buy.
Notable euphonium: Wessex Sinfonico EP600 HP (link to check the price at Wessex)
This instrument is entirely handmade from a sheet of brass to provide the best response in every register. This makes it an ideal euphonium for all purposes, including orchestra, wind, and brass brands. Also, the extra-thick silver plating enhances warmth while extending the instrument’s lifespan. Finally, the pure copper details and stainless steel valves with nylon guides make this an easy to use, durable, and beautiful-looking instrument.
If you are after excellence, Wessex can’t go missing from your list.
Official website: wessex-tubas.com
Wessex was founded by Jonathan Hodgetts in 2010. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Hampshire, United Kingdom.