Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

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mrpillow
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Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Post by mrpillow » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:58 am

This was recently acquired by the National Music Museum along with a highly engraved 38H ballroom model. It was made for Fred Tait, who among other notable posts was principal for the San Francisco Symphony from 1911-1913 and 1920-1934. The story from the donor is that Tait had the instrument specifically made for the performance of a particular opera, but he could not recall which one!

Beautiful instrument, I know some of you will appreciate it. Just thought I'd make a quick share in a spare minute at work!

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Re: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Post by hyperbolica » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:11 am

very nice...
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Re: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Post by Matt K » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:07 pm

WOW That's gorgeous. I love the bow guard.
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Re: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Post by Neo Bri » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:11 pm

Wow...I love that!
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Re: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Post by TriJim » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:33 pm

Ferrules, Water Key, and friction fit appear to match the parts on my 1923 Conn 5H; also in excellent condition.

Conn 5H (tenor) has guard on end of slide, but not 'bow guard' on tuning slides as shown on this alto.

Original black 'coffin' case includes small metal bottles - I think for slide lube.

Any idea what mouthpiece was used? (5H came with 'CONN TROMBONE' mouthpiece, somewhat smaller rim and bore when compared to contemporary examples, but the horn accepts current SS mouthpieces, too).
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Re: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Post by mrpillow » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:45 pm

There is no mouthpiece that came with the alto unfortunately, and no information on what piece was used with it before.
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Re: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Post by mrdeacon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:09 pm

Raw brass?
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Re: Horn of the Day - 1923 Conn Eb Alto

Post by elmsandr » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:54 am

How big is this horn? Is it largish like some of the 20s custom horns?


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