For those looking for a great Conn 8D with a cool history, look no further! This "vintage" 8D is serial number #000004 and belonged to a former member of the Cleveland Orchestra.
The "vintage" stamp means it belongs to a collection of instruments manufactured after Conn moved from Abilene, TX back to Eastlake, OH in 2008. Conn's reputation had been tarnished with some lower quality 8Ds (and other models of horns) in Abilene, so the goal with the move was to go back to the company's roots of making high end, professional instruments. With a serial number of 4, this instrument is one of the first "vintage" Conn 8Ds ever constructed.
It is manufactured with a lacquered nickel silver and contains all original Conn parts, including 2 Conn spit valves (very similar in style to the Amano water keys) and a pinky hook for the left hand. The horn was manufactured with a detachable bell and has an Alexander/Lawson bell ring set. The valves use string linkage and the compression reads at about 2.5. There are some very minor scratches around where the left hand sits on the valves and deep inside the bell, but other than those two spots the horn looks as if it were constructed out of a mirror. Comes with a detachable bell Conn horn case.
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