Quality and class combined, the Montreux Concert Series has been designed and manufactured to the highest standard. Their attention to detail, to meet the needs of the most discerning musician, is second to none. A British Brass Band Classic in the making, and, at only a fraction of the cost of other professional instruments.
Montreux have taken inspiration in design, materials and build quality from some of the finest, professional Euphoniums available. The new 4-Valve Concert Series Compensating Euphonium is definitely ‘punching above its weight’, and is a true, Super-Middleweight champion!
Open the box. “Wow” The first thing that strikes you is the bespoke, deluxe case. Montreux have spent a lot of time, effort and money on a brilliant looking case. It is one of the most attractive cases that you will find in the band room. It features excellent attention to small details such as the leather-look trim, brushed silver locking catch and robust handle. Plus, it has sturdy set of wheels to make your journey one of comfort. Alas, no engine though! It is solid, to ensure that your beloved Euph is safe and protected. The exterior has a thick and resistant impressed nylon covering to withstand the bumps and scrapes. The interior is soft-lined to prevent scratches to the lustrous silver-plated finish. If the case is this good, how good is the actual Euphonium?
There is much more to an instruments finish than simply ‘to look good’ (which this Euph certainly does!). The Nickle-Silver plate finish on the Montreux EEP01 Euphonium is simply outstanding. Just the correct thickness to ensure the tone is not impeded or restricted, but enough to give it a luscious longevity and enforcement. Fellow musicians will look at it/you with envy, and reflect (pristinely!) on what ‘they could have had’!
What a sound! I can’t believe the depth and fullness of tone this Euphonium can achieve. Sweet, sonorous, engaging and entrancing. Montreux developers have certainly taken the blueprints from top-end, professional Euphonium design and incorporated them into this instrument.
The precision engineered Valves, all 4 of them as you would expect on a professional compensating Euphonium, are superb. Not a hint of any lag or delay when articulating between notes. They can efficiently overcome the most difficult of ‘Presto’ chromatic passages as well as romantic Tenor classics. Grandfathers Clock will always be in time, and you will have a Carnival in Venice with this Euphonium!!
Through all registers, this Montreux EEP01 Euphonium impresses. The ‘Three Tenors’ of Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras have just got a new star member! From the lowest pedal notes, and through up to the stratosphere, it has a natural, effortless feel about it. I would only expect to find such a high quality of sound and projection on instruments costing many thousands of pounds more.
To conclude, Montreux is gaining a reputation of producing high-end professional instruments, but at a fraction of the price. The Montreux EEP01 Euphonium is aimed at the player who strives for perfection in tone, articulation and intonation. An instrument for when only the best will do.
You will not be disappointed!