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Gilligan
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:45 pm    Post subject: Conn's Naked Ladies Reply with quote

I just came across a great page the has a bunch of fantastic pictures of the vintage Conn bell art.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=130518633655585&id=108946655812783&aid=10878
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang... the hottest one of the lot is on a saxuhmaphone.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My concert Tuba had a group of Naked ladies dancing around the bell with a woodland type scene and all kinds of flowers and what I would call garland starting at the flair and going down to the bell. Where most of it stopped scroll work and flowers covered the rest of the Tuba. The only part that did not have engraving was the valve set. Their was scroll work on the branch's near the pull rings. It the bell area had what I would call Black Hills Gold in three color's. The valve buttons where ivory. That one stayed at the school and my teacher told me if I so much as dented it it was my life!

My practice tuba stayed at home and that thing was terrible to look at. It had more dents then a car from Mad Max films.LOL

Both Tuba's came from the United States Army and where on loan to me. I never bothered to look at who made them. So unless other companies did dancing naked ladies too though I would say it must have been a Conn. The ladies looked much like the one on that saxophone some faced forwards some where side ways.

As a kid when I opened the case and removed the brown paper it was wrapped in it took my breath away because I had never seen a more beautiful tuba or any instrument like that one.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually the last one, the "Flapper," is mine . . .



It's on a 1928 2B, not an 80A as indicated. Not that it makes much difference, but if you're going to lift a photo you should try to get it right!

I'm going to match it up with this one . . .


to make his 'n' hers (or bride 'n' groom) gold and silver 2B's!

I love this old CONN engraving. Hats off to the artists who did it.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's what I call a nice piece of brass.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW............... i realy enjoy those bells , real artistic work from the best of those days.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if my original Conn Director had that kind of engraving on the bell, I'd probably have spent more time with the horn (and wouldn't have sold it)! cool history ... thanks for the post
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone with naked lady envy can fix that. Just send me your horn to engrave! Here are some ladies of the past:


King Super 20 by jaydumars, on Flickr


P. Mauriat Tenor by jaydumars, on Flickr


Rosenbloom Euphonium by jaydumars, on Flickr


Mark's Flugelhorn by jaydumars, on Flickr


Lady on the bell -- impossible to photograph thanks to nickel plating and a bad camera by jaydumars, on Flickr
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