C.G. Conn 8DS Professional French Horns
The Conn 8DS is the most used and well known professional french horn on the market. With a body made entirely from nickel-silver, the 8DS is an extremely responsive, flexible and powerful horn while still possessing the ability to play at even the softest of dynamic levels. The Conn 8DS has been one of the world’s most popular horns for decades. It maintains a design that makes the horn very responsive and free-blowing with excellent tonal balance. Its traditional large throat bell and all nickel construction give a beautiful, dark sound with rich depth.
Conn 8DS Screwbell Bell Options
The Conn 8DS features a detachable “screwbell” design. It is available in 3 different configurations for the bell material in order to further customize your sound. For MOST people, the defaulted Nickel-Silver is the best option as it provides an excellent balance of tonal warmth and quick response.
The Conn 8DS is made traditionally completely out of an alloy called “Nickel-Silver”. This alloy combines Copper, Nickel & Zinc (the Brass family contains Copper and Zinc). This alloy is used in the industry in order to give a richer tone (as it is heavier than brass) but while still providing excellent response.
Yellow Brass Bell
The Conn 8DS with a Yellow Brass Bell (known as an 8DYS) has the entire bell made from traditional “Yellow Brass”. This metal will brighten up the sound of the Conn 8DS as the yellow brass is lighter in weight than the nickel-silver or rose brass alloys. The 8DYS is very popular for players who plan on heavily customizing their horn after the sale.
Rose Brass Bell
As of October 2018, Conn has discontinued the Rose Brass bell option on the 8D horns. This information is left here for informational purposes only. The Conn 8DS with a Rose Brass Bell (known as an 8DRS) has the entire bell made from a higher copper content brass know as “Rose Brass”. This metal gives an absolutely gorgeous look with the 2 metals contrasting well against each other, but it also gives the horn a darker overall tone. This material is best suited for players who tend to play overly powerful and find that they need to be “toned down” by their horn.
C.G. Conn 8DS French Horn Specifications
|Body Material||Solid Nickel Silver|
|Bell Material||Solid Nickel Silver|
|Bell Size||12.25″ diameter with a large throat|
|Leadpipe Material||Solid Nickel Silver|
|Rotor Specs||Tapered Rotors and Bearings|
|Linkage Style||Mechanical Change Rotor with String on rotors 1, 2 & 3|
|Finish||Polished Nickel Silver with a Clear Epoxy Coat|
|Warranty||2 Year Warranty covering defects in workmanship and materials.|
|Optional Features||Adjustable Pinky Hook|
Spit Valve on Leadpipe
|Included Accessories||Conn Backpack Horn Case, Conn 7BW Mouthpiece & Rotor Oil|
The Conn 8DS is Made in the USA!
History of C.G. Conn
Charles Gerard Conn was the patriarch of musical instrument manufacturing in Elkhart, Indiana. In 1873, following a brawl in a bar which resulted in a split lip, C.G. Conn developed a brass mouthpiece with a rubber rim. Conn converted an old sewing machine to a lathe and set-up a shop building these mouthpieces. In 1875, a French instrument maker named Dupont began repairing instruments in Conn’s shop. After watching him work for a few days, Conn believed he could build his own instrument. In that same year, Colonel Conn would build the first American made cornet.
By 1879, Conn moved operations into larger quarters and began making other instruments. In 1880, the town of Elkhart, Indiana became so enamored with C.G. Conn they elected him as their Mayor. During his second term, he was forced to resign due to a factory fire in 1883. The factory was rebuilt bigger and better and production continued. By 1893 his instruments were awarded the highest honors in the World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago.
The Colonel loved strange and bizarre instruments. In 1907, he built an immensaphone, the largest horn in the world at 12 feet in diameter and 35 feet long. Conn also continued on a series of “firsts”, building the first American made saxophone and the first sousaphone, built to John Philip Sousa’s specifications.
In 1915, Conn retired and the company was purchased by Carl Greenleaf. The business was renamed C.G. Conn Ltd. During this era, Carl Greenleaf began the National School Band Movement. In 1923, Greenleaf established the first National Band Contest in Chicago, and the Conn National School of Music, also in Chicago. In 1928, he supported the National Music Camp located in Interlochen, Michigan.
The company flourished until World War II. In 1942, the factory retooled to manufacture compasses, altimeters, and other items related to the war effort. During this time, many of Conn’s dealers turned to smaller instrument makers who were allowed to manufacture instruments on a limited basis. Coming out of wartime production, Conn found difficulty regaining its position as the number one band instrument maker.
In 1969, the Greenleaf family sold the business to Crowell-Collier MacMillan, a publishing company. Manufacturing of Conn instruments was split between Nogales, Arizona and Abilene, Texas; the Elkhart factory was sold to the Selmer Company.
In the 80’s through a series of mergers, C.G. Conn Ltd was combined with Slingerland Drum Company, Artley, Scherl & Roth, and several other musical instrument manufacturers and distributors to eventually form United Musical Instruments (UMI). In 2002, UMI merged with the Selmer Company to form Conn-Selmer, Inc. and later in 2004 merged with G. Leblanc Corporation.
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