Here's a nice-playing Conn 60B in silver plate! Made in Elkhart, Indiana in 1969, shortly before production moved to Abilene, Texas. There are a few spots of wear and repair. There's a small dent in the mouthpiece receiver and a dent in the leadpipe. The bottom tuning slide leg ferrule has been replaced. It looks like a small dent has been removed from the knuckle joint into the third valve. There's a small ding near the bell tail ferrule and a dent under the bend. The full length of the bell has been reworked, it has a slight bend down and in. There has been a crease removed from the bell. Overall the plating is in good condition, with some scratching along the outside length of the bell and on the bottom leg of the third valve slide. Valves and slides all work smoothly and compression is very good for the age of the horn. The 60B is a desirable horn from the Connstellation series and the late Elkhart period is a great era for Conn trumpets.
From Conn Loyalist
Not the most imaginative name. It really is called the "Sixty-B". In 1967 Conn started to produce the 60B, and it lasted at least through 1972. It had a #1½ bore (0.458") and top spring valves. It was available in standard brass and with a "bright silver finish". I am told that the 60B was play tested for Conn by Buddy Childers and Gene Goe.
I have been contacted by a gentleman by the name of Bill Bracker who was an Inspection Supervisor for Conn at the time. He tells me the official name for the 60B was "Super Connstellation". One of Conn's clinicians at the time, the trumpet player Jerry Franks, was responsible for the design of the 60B and had the very first 60B prototype. Mr. Bracker tells me that the first production run of 60B's could not be sold as first line production; they were sold as seconds. The problem in production was easily fixed for the second production run.
What Conn said in 1966:
The most versatile, the finest trumpet ever created by Conn. .. designed for the professional. Extremely light weight. Includes three sets of interchangeable finger tips. Completely new acoustical and mechanical design throughout. Ideal for studio, recording, solo or band work. Length 21 5/8". Bell 4 5/8".
Conn 7B-N Connstellation mouthpiece included, case not included.
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