CONN single F or D

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Maker: C.G. CONN

Model: possibly a very early 2D (or maybe there was an even earlier ‘1D’?

Type: single F with rotary valves, with extra tuning

slide for D

Bell throat profile: medium-large

Tubing bore/ internal diameter: 11.89mm

Alloy: unlacquered silver plated brass

Bell flare: fixed

Weight: 1.92 kg

Visual/ cosmetic condition: ‘has seen much use’, with a few minor dings and scratches, but these are purely cosmetic issues that have no effect on the horn’s playing qualities. Approx 70% of the silver plate is OK and intact.

Valve compression: good for its age.

Lovely floral engraving on the bell throat.

This fascinating early Conn F horn is ‘a piece of history’. I would ‘guesstimate’ its age at pre-1900, although unusually for a Conn, it has no serial number.  It plays very well indeed, with a round, rich sound. Its recently refurbished main tuning slide, unplated brass, puts the horn in F, but its other double looped original silver plated slide gives D!  This is puzzling, since the 3 valve slides can’t be pulled out far enough to give good intonation in that key. An ‘enduring mystery’ in a horn that would be a great acquisition for a 'Conn loyalist' ( a 'Connorak?)


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CONN single F or D