C.G. Conn’s vintage brass is some of the best you can find. A Midwest manufacturer with production dating to the turn of the century, Conn really hit it’s stride in the late ’30s for brasswinds, and their feature innovation only improved following.

This 36A Cornet is a great example of Conn engineering. The shape of the instrument is relatively standard, with a sturdy feel and a great balance. It blows free and easy, and the valves are quick and responsive. There is no tuning slide-ring for the 3rd valve, as the horn was designed to be easy to lip up or down as needed. There is, however, a fine-tuner on the lead-pipe, which is infinitely easier to dial in than the traditional slide-out tunable lead-pipe.

The sound that this ‘Concert Grand’ gets is warm and sweet, and even a novice player can very easily pull sounds from it that are pleasant to the ear.When blown softly, it is as mellow as any high-brasswind can be. When pushed a bit harder, this cornet has a commanding tone that grabs it’s share of the sonic spectrum and does not let go.

This particular horn has been very well cared for; there are no dents or dings, and the lacquer-wear is exactly what you’d expect on a horn this old. The valves are broken in but have plenty of life left in them. The bell has a great Art Decco engraving that just screams ’50s chic. The lead-pipe has an ever-so-slight curve to it, but it does not affect the sound or playability of this horn in the slightest. The case is original and in fine shape, and this axe is a great addition to the arsenal of any player.

ASKING: $280.00 – Make An Offer


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