Here's a wonderful wide-wrap trumpet from Conn, the 8B Lightweight Artist model! The Conn 8B Lightweight Artist (not to be confused with the entirely different 8B Symphony Grand) was used by Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan. The silver plating (not nickel plating), aluminum valve stems, lightweight bracing, and absence of a first valve trigger all help to reduce the weight of the horn. It also has a bell diameter a little under 5". This trumpet is in good condition overall, with some evidence of work around the bell bend and a small dent on the second valve slide. There also some slight waviness on the bell around the front brace. The valves have been aligned by Mike Del Quadro! There is some compression loss in the valves so we recommend a thicker oil like Berp #3 for best results.
From the great Conn Loyalist page
Notice the "wide" wrap. The 8B is similar to the 6B Victor. The differences are in the bell, which is smaller on the 8B (4 5/8" as opposed to the 6B's 5 1/8") and the lack of a coprion leadpipe which later 6B's were equipped with. It has the same #1 bore (0.438") and top spring valves as the 6B Victor. Parts of the valve assembly were apparently aluminum, to reduce weight. The 8B was available both lacquered and in "bright silver finish". The 8B was produced from 1963 to at least 1979, but probably not much later than that. They were apparently very popular among jazz players at the time, and are quite rare these days.
What Conn said in 1963:
The new Conn 8B Trumpet is a feather-light masterpiece ... brilliant in tone, so light in weight... skillfully created by the world's finest craftsmen.
Conn 8B: Anti-Bounce Valves, Honed Pistons, Positive Valve Indexing, Protected Covered Springs, Undercut Tuning Slides, LustreConn Finish, Full, Wide Left Hand Grip, Adjustable 3rd Valve Throw Ring, 3rd Valve Stop Rod, Acoustically Superior Calibore, Total Weight only 38 ounces.
What Conn said in 1966:
Designed to please the performer who demands an exceptionally lightweight (2 pounds, 6 ounces) free-blowing trumpet with just the right amount of edge to project in any brass section. Response is instantaneous. Aluminum valve stems. Aluminum guide cup. Lightweight braces. Third valve slide throw ring. Brass bell. Length 21½". Bell 4 5/8".
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