This is a wonderful instrument from Conn! We got a great deal on it so we're selling it at a bargain price. This horn bears a lot of similarities to the Conn 38B Connstellation, without the higher price tag. There are a couple bell dents that also factor into the lower price point of this horn, which we can have removed prior to shipment for a small additional charge. One awesome thing about this vintage trumpet is the Coprion (copper) leadpipe, which won't develop redrot. Medium .438 bore combined with a wide wrap, making this a super fun horn for improvising on. Great way to get into the Connstellation vibe without dropping a lot of cash, and 1965-66 is one of my favorite periods of the Connstellation-style horns.
- Coprion leadpipe
- 5 1/8" Yellow Brass Bell
- Nickel plated valve cluster
- Adjustable 3rd slide ring
- .438 M bore
- Point-to-point bracing
Jump to 23:00 for a playing demo of this horn:
The bell does have some dents and dings on it, and it is bent backwards slightly around the bead. There is some finish wear throughout the instrument. The 2nd valve cap is non-original. This horn has been fully cleaned here at ACB, and plays well with a heavy valve oil (we used Berp Bio #3).
Conn Loyalist says:
Notice the "wide" wrap. "Late" models built from 1958 on had an adjustable finger ring and a coprion leadpipe (but not a coprion bell). The "late" mode, 6B had top spring valves. The "B" stamped on the mouthpiece receiver indicates this is a trumpet, not a cornet. The lacquered brass valve caps tell me the serial number of this instrument is not in the 7xx,xxx range, but somewhere between 8xx,xxx and Rxx,xxx.
The 1957 catalog says the 6B weighs 2 lbs 13 oz., however the later model 6B is definitely quite a bit less heavy than the Connstellation. Possibly the switch from bottom to top spring valves (thereby using less metal in the valve) lightened the instrument. It is also possible that as the 1960's wore on, Conn was forced to reduce cost and did this in part by using somewhat thinner metal thereby lightening the instrument. This would mean that the actual weight of the 6B "drops" at some model year(s). The "late" 6B Victor was produced from 1958 to at least 1983. Starting sometime in the early 1970's, probably 1971 when the factory moved to Abilene, the 6B didn't have the Coprion leadpipe anymore but a brass leadpipe. The 6B has a #1 bore (0.438").
What Conn said in 1966:
Vibrant and live sounding. Excellent for solo as well as ensemble work. Coprion mouthpipe. One-piece valve casing. Micro finish mouthpipe. Length: 21½". Bell 5 1/8".
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