This is truly a One-Of-a-Kind horn. It's a single Bb with a built in F extension (no biggie...we've all seen that before) AND, an entire extra bell tail with a built in stopping mute.
Many years ago Neil Deland and I were on a recording session which had far too many stopped notes and not enough time to change mutes. He suggested I design a horn with a built in mute. I didn't - but obviously the guys at Conn did. The Conn was purchased when the Elkhart plant closed by Frank Dusi. Frank bought all sorts of prototypes and leftovers when they shut down. He had a store in Youngstown. It was then purchased by Rob Cole who sold it to Bill Slocum.
A one of a kind prototype from Conn!
The valve compression measure 0.5 (fabulous!). The horn is made unlacquered yellow brass with lots of dings throughout but nothing serious. Given it's fabulous compression it's obvious it wasn't used much.
It actually plays REALLY great. Most single Bb's do....but then again, most single Bb's don't have a built in stopping mute. :)
King Fixed Bell Case included.
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