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 horn was being fitted with 'JoyKeys'.

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


I can thoroughly recommend this lovely 6 years old 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 £5,390 (best discount price). Our current horn costs less than 56% of that.


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CONN 'Connstellation' 9DS