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WTB Conn Orchestral Grand (fixed bell 4v FA)

Postby TheConnsequence » Sat May 18, 2019 2:29 pm

Hello all,

Looking to buy a conn orchestral grand (fixed bell and 4v FA). Already have 3 conn 24J's and a 20j, but looking for the 6/4 version of my 4/4 tuba.

May also consider a conn 16V sarrusophone instead...
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Re: WTB Conn Orchestral Grand (fixed bell 4v FA)

Postby PRO » Mon May 20, 2019 8:44 am

In a former lifetime, I owned a 1921 Conn "Grand Orchestra". Harvey Hartman ("Harv's Happy Horns"), did a beautiful restoration, with help from Nate Griffith. Great-playing instrument, but ergonomically not right for me. I sold it to a gent in the UK, who has since resold it. At one time it was pictured on "Conn Loyalist" or maybe "Horn-U-Copia", although I could not find it after brief search today. Here is a photo from June 2003 showing Don Butterfield on the left, Harvey Hartman on the right, and the newly-restored Conn in the middle. For more info, feel free to call me. Paul, 908-850-1636. I do not PM.

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Re: WTB Conn Orchestral Grand (fixed bell 4v FA)

Postby bort » Mon May 20, 2019 8:54 am

No leadpipe on that Conn...?
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Re: WTB Conn Orchestral Grand (fixed bell 4v FA)

Postby PRO » Mon May 20, 2019 9:00 am

Funny. Never noticed that in this photo. Thanks for pointing it out~!

Harvey always adjusted the leadpipe position to optimize my lung capacity and to minimize stress on my neck. So this photo must have been taken at the "nearly-finished" stage.

Does have cleaner lines this way, don't you think? P.
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Re: WTB Conn Orchestral Grand (fixed bell 4v FA)

Postby Tubajug » Wed May 22, 2019 12:27 pm

Sorry to hijack the thread, but what work did Nate Griffith do for it? He's just up in Omaha (I'm in Lincoln). I've interviewed him before for an instrument repair course I took.
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Re: WTB Conn Orchestral Grand (fixed bell 4v FA)

Postby PRO » Wed May 22, 2019 1:48 pm

Nate built two new valves from scratch. Beautiful work.
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