CONN 'Connstellation' 9DS

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The  Conn CONNstellation 9DS is based on the traditional 8D / Kruspe design,but with a 'medium' bell throat, giving a little more 'blowing resistance'.


This horn radically changes one's pre-conceptions as to what Conn horns are 'all about'.


I must now 'connfess' (no pun intended)  to being involved as an acoustic consultant in the evolution of this Medium-bell model, and its larger-throated sibling, the 11D, about 25-30 years ago, when I subsequently wrote a review of their prototypes for C.G. Conn's London agent at the time, Bill Lewington.


Alloy: lacquered Rose brass body and detachable bell, with nickel silver leadpipe and tuning slides.


Thumb/4th/change valve: mechanical linkage.

Valve levers: adjustable in height via the stringing.


Case: Conn original for detachable bell.


A few months ago I was rehearsing wind quintets during a few days when my superb FINKE Model 65 was being fitted with 'JoyKeys'.

I had an opportunity to borrow a Conn 9D from a pupil and was delighted to find that its sound 'fitted in comfortably' with the tricky internal balance of the quintet. It allowed me (as does the Finke 65) to make a much more compact and focussed tone than an 8D, while still retaining great warmth in the sound.


I can thoroughly recommend this lovely Conn 9DS horn, with its excellent flexibility of response.


It is currently housed with its owner near Woodbridge,  Suffolk. Contact information can be provided on request.


Price comparison: a new 9DS currently costs £5,387 (best discount price). Our current horn costs less than 56% of that.


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CONN 'Connstellation' 9DS