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khedger
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:43 pm    Post subject: 1946 Conn 80A cornet.... Reply with quote

I recently acquired this horn and just wanted to drop a little note about it.
My first cornet was the venerable Conn Director back in the late 60s (like about a million other 5th grade trumpet newbies....). Since then I've never played Conn horns, nor thought much about them.
I have to say, this horn has been a bit of an awakening. It absolutely rocks for me! It's got no finish left (which I really like) and it's just got an amazing sound and feel. The instrument is VERY well constructed and has the micro tuner (I don't know what they called this device) on it.
So, if you find yourself looking for a cornet, do yourself a favor and try one of these if you get the chance.

keith

P.S. I got this from Trent Austin....
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My one and only horn is a 1941 Conn 80 A. I have heard what you termed the "microtuner" also referred to a "opera glass" because it looks like a binocular adjustment as well as "bell tuner." As you probably know several kinds of adjustments after the valves have been used to adjust pitch. No matter what your call it, it is a handy device. Many older models had a mechanism for adjusting valve slides when the main slide was extended so the cornet could be tuned to sound in A rather than Bb. I have found my old cornet to be fun to play and it can blend well with trumpets as well as cornets. Mouthpiece choice and the player can make a difference in the tone results. You will find differing opinions concerning mouthpiece tapers. Some say it works well with modern tapers and others insist we who play the horn should use mouthpieces of the older taper Conn used until the mid 1950's. The Conn Loyalist web site has information about that.
Have a good time with the horn.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up with two of them. I sound best using a older Conn 4 mp. I do like them.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 48 80A that I was gifted by my Aunt. I have played it since 5th grade and it took a beating. I had it restored a few years back by Mark Metzler. It is a fabulous horn which I should play more than I do.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be interested to hear what types of mouthpieces you guys are using with the 80A. I got a 3C type mouthpiece and it seems okay, but I'm having a lot of trouble with the upper register on this horn and with fatigue. Could be me, but there might be some adjustments to the mouthpiece that would help....any ideas?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those older Conns need a proprietary mouthpiece to play correctly. Up through the late 1950s Conn cornet mouthpieces had a slightly different taper, and modern cornet mouthpieces don’t fit correctly. Sometimes the receivers are worn from people twisting newer mouthpieces into them, though.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 81A and I use a vintage Purviance 4*3 mpc with it and it works and plays great .

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a '47 Conn 80A and love to play it either with a Curry BBC or Curry DC
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