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Postby jmviehmann » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:08 am

I understand that the naked ladies are rarer than the other horns because less where made. I was wondering if there was somewhere that I could find the numbers on how many horns where made with the naked lady for Conn tubas/sousas. Just curious.
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby lost » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:16 am

They aren't that rare for tubas. For other instruments, I can't speak.
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby bloke » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:48 am

most common on other types of instruments.

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Depending on the artist and the model, some are really quite amazing.
https://i.imgur.com/dlFHTae.jpg
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby pigman » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:33 pm

Its just an engraving style
The amount of engraving has nothing to do with horn quality
The amount and complexity of the engraving was an option you paid for when ordering. after 1930 patterns were designed for each model and all the instrument of that model were engraved with the same pattern

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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby TheTuba » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:13 pm

(kind of off-topic)

I was at a solo contest yesterday.

Some kid (im 14) came up to me asking If I can keep his trombone safe while he went to the bathroom.

It was a silver Lady Conn with a rose brass bell.

When he came back I asked where he got it.

He said "oh it looked cool so I bought it for 3,000. My dad is great"




Wish I had that kind of money.........
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby bloke » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:25 pm

TheTuba wrote:bought it for 3,000


- cheap tuba
- crappy violin bow
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby TheTuba » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:48 pm

$3,000

-OK viola

-Mack brass Tuba

-Good Trombone

-Expert trumpet

-Good flute

-OK saxophone

-Overrated super expensive tuba mouthpiece

-Used car
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:49 pm

For people that know me, they don't even bat an eye anymore when they find out I bought ANOTHER trombone.

They are so cheap compared to tubas, they are hard not to collect

I haven't taken a roll call lately, I think I'm up to 14, with sizes ranging from soprano to contrabass
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby bisontuba » Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:42 pm

Hi-
Years back, I attended a seminar at Amherst College during a Historic Brass Conference, and the presenter was Dr Margaret Downie ‘Peggy’ Banks, of the National Music Museum. Her topic was on the Conn naked lady instruments, and what was fascinating was the different styles of naked ladies the Conn company used. As it turned out ( no I am not making this up—this is for real), when the workers were in happy times, the naked ladies had a much more pronounced bust line. In times of disputes, labor issues, etc., the bust lines of the ladies were greatly reduced. Whether or not the other components of said instruments were effected in good or bad times was not discussed, but I thought her topic was an eye opener.....workers expressing themselves in an engraving depending on the then current work conditions...
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby PeteDenton » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:19 am

I have a Conn 24J with a serial number that suggests a 1968 build.

The (recording) bell is of the "Lady Face" variety and stamped 20J so I suspect comes from an earlier horn.

I'm currently investigating getting an upright bell (seemingly not the easiest of tasks in the UK).

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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby KiltieTuba » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:58 am

Conn’s sousaphones and some of the larger tubas still had the simple “naked lady” bust for the engraving for quite a long time, I have a sousaphone here from 1955 with it.
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby pjv » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:04 am

King had nicer engravings imho
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby The Big Ben » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:09 pm

Boobies!
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby YORK-aholic » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:47 pm

bloke wrote:Depending on the artist and the model, some are really quite amazing.
https://i.imgur.com/dlFHTae.jpg


Can you imagine the uproar if Conn put that engraving on a horn now a days?
Some old Yorks, Martins and maybe a rotary King...
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby Three Valves » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:13 pm

See post from 3/4/18

I prefer the “over easy” to “sunny side up!!” 8)
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Re: Naked Lady Conns

Postby Lee Stofer » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:59 pm

There were a few factory custom engravings done at C.G. Conn, but virtually all of the Conn low brass and saxophones of the 1930's-1950's had the engraving with the double pentagon, and the bust of a lady inside the pentagon. They are not as common as they used to be, but are really by no means rare.
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