Question regarding late 50s and 60s Constellation cornets
Conn "4-in-1" 8XX This belongs to a collector friend; I did some minor repairs and spot silver plating to areas worn through to brass. This design is the basis for the Conn Dupont patent, and can be played in four keys: Eb, C, Bb and A. All of the original pigtail crooks and shanks were still with this cornet, so I have photographed it set up for all four keys, in order. I am very interested in purchasing a "4-in-1" any condition for my own collection, in case you have one or know of one which might be available.
I currently know of just one other, and it is just conn connstellation cornet review serial number lower than this example. The Conn arrived in extremely rough condition. Click on the Model Name above to see it finished. The valves seal very well, and it plays very nicely. The "A" extension is missing, but can still be set up in "C" by removing the "ladder" extension on the leadpipe. The cornet was evidently made for ALFRED A. REID -- can anybody shed any light on Mr. My research has come up empty.
It was restored around 25 years ago, and very well done as total restorations go -- replated silver and overhauled valves. Conn Eb Cornet 2XXX This rare, early Conn Eb belongs to a friend, and I am currently restoring it for him. We have no idea if it had a model name. The first pictures show the condition as acquired. Click here to see how conn connstellation cornet review started.
Click here to see it all apart. After most of the repair work was doneI sent it off for a valve refit, after which I will replated the bare brass areas, and restored the gold trim as well. Conn "Besson Model" Bb 34XX Only recently identified as one of the "copy model" designs Conn made as early as They also had "Distin" and "Courtois" models. These were priced sigificantly lower than their proprietary designs. While raw brass, there is evidence of prior silver plating, probably a single layer as opposed to their optional "triple plated" finish of the time.
These were offered at a considerable cost savings over Conn's proprietary designs such as the "4-in-1", Solo or Vocal models. This cornet is currently being restored and will telford speed dating completed shortly. The complete outfit included this nifty C.
Conn mutewhich sounds like a Harmon butr seems to be more open blowing. The difference here, is a rather ordinary leadpipe and main tuning slide configuration. Mark Metzler recently acquired yet another variation and is currently restoring it. Surprisingly, the valves still seal well enough to be a good player. This required a fair amount of dent removal before repair shotsand it to have conn connstellation cornet review replated many years in the past.
Hard to see, but noteworthy, is the John Heald patent thumb trigger water key. Heald worked for Fiske before starting his own company, and Conn bought out Fiske. This is a late model Ultimatum; they were known to have been made after the introduction of the Wonder in Note the unusual water collector beneath the valves. The only other instance of this known to me is an instrument in the Shrine Music Museum.
Also noteworthy is the engraving which features birdlike faces. I suspect this instrument had gold trim to start which was either polished off, or lost when replated. Conn Ultimatum Bb This is one of the most amazing restorations you will ever see, and was done by my friend Mark Metzler. Mark machined all of the replacements himself.
Note also that the paper-thin bell was badly torn to start, and compare to the final product. After Mark made the reproduction valves, they were plated and fit by Best intro for online dating site Plating, who also did the gold plating. Not only is this cornet beautiful, but I can attest that it is an amazing player as well. The restoration included reapplying gold to the details and bell engraving. Here are shots of the horn as it arrivedthen the project in-progress and then, nearly completed except for spot silver and gold plating.
The title link shows it after restoration. Conn - Wonder Worcestor 13,5XX. Conn American Model Orchestra Cornet This is conn connstellation cornet review fairly rare model in the Conn lineup. It had an extra slide which could be pulled to one of three positions, and the main slide could be replaced by the unusual "C" attachment pictured -- thus it could play in C, Bb or A.
Conn - Wonder Worcestor 54,3XX C. Conn - New York Wonder C, Bb, A 70,9XX. Conn - Conn-queror rare Configuration No. Conn - Conn-queror page 1 page 2 94,0XX gold plated. Considering that Conn only made Wonderphones over the span of a few years, I'm surprised at all the different variations that exist. There were two main models, then many sub-models. Conn - Conn-queror ,7XX. Conn Wonderphone ,0XX version 1.
Conn Wonderphone ,9XX version 2, gold plated. This is also one of the highest serial numbered Wonderphones yet found. It was in very nice shape as found and only needed conn connstellation cornet review to the main tuning slide to look like this. By pulling various slides, it could be brought down to A as well. An additional set of slides allowed playing in either high or low pitch.
The exact model conn connstellation cornet review unknown, but it is obviously derivative of the Victor New Wonder small bore cornet. My assumption is that this cornet was custom built and engraved to the customer's order. It differs from the Victor in that it is lacking the "opera glass" tuning wheel on the main tuning slide and the stop rod assembly on the A slide.
These were never conn connstellation cornet review on this cornet. The engraving is mostly what makes this cornet special. Above the signature is a nude woman dancing on a swan. On either side are griffins and down below is Mephistopheles himself. All of this, of course is intertwined with the usual scrolls and flowers. Engraved below it all, next to the bell rim is "A. It is not known for sure whether this cornet was built for Liberati, himself, or an admirer. Alessandro Liberati is one of the most famous cornet soloists of all time, which would make this a very important cornet, if his ownership could be proved.
Conn 26 "Director" ,8XX This is the earliest 26A I've seen so far, and is gold plated with extensive art deco engraving all the way around the bell and down its full length.