The new Vintage 8D Conn Double French Horn was introduced at the 40th International Horn Symposium in Denver, Colorado, in July '08. Created in the Pro Shop at the Conn-Selmer Eastlake, Ohio facility, the new Vintage horn constitutes the superior option for clarity, flexibility, sound and performance. The instrument is created for and by professionals who demand the very best from their instruments, and has limited production of 150 per year.
The Vintage 8D is the result of an extremely high level of detailed craftsmanship and includes features such as Kruspe design, all nickel silver alloy, a lightweight, hand annealed bell, hand annealed lead pipe, stress free bracing and assembly, an extra long pull on 2nd Bb tuning slide, and a traditional string linkage on all rotors and the change valve. In addition, hand lapped slides & rotors, sized solder joints, brass bead rings, along with an optional hand flipper and screw bell, make the Vintage 8D the perfect choice for today’s finest artists.
Richard King, principal horn with the Cleveland Orchestra who was instrumental in play testing the new Vintage 8D said “with the arrival of the new Vintage 8D French Horn, Conn has that famous sound, the ease of play, the pitch and the opportunity to create every color you'll want. This is a great thing for the professional horn world and has been worth waiting for!”
Like a piccolo French horn, the Conn 12D Descant Horn offers remarkable performance in a descant instrument. The 12D features a .468 inch bore in the key of Bb / high F with a stopping valve and standard throat yellow brass bell for superior response when high horn work is needed.
L.A. recording artist John Clark says, "With the Conn 12D, I can handle whatever I am required to play. I love the evenness through the registers, the excellent intonation and quick response."
A variation on the 10DE, Conn's Geyer-style symphonic horn‚ the 11DE produces a rich but brilliant sound‚ and is slightly more open and free-blowing than the 10DE. Key of F/Bb (reversible), .468" bore, 12" medium throat yellow brass bell. The rose brass bell models are ideal for softer dynamics and allow greater warmth and nuance of tone, but do not support loud, powerful playing as well as yellow brass bells.
The 10DE line is Conn's symphonic Geyer-style French horn. Associated with schools of horn playing in Chicago and Boston, Geyer-style horns are usually described as brighter, warmer, and more compact. Traditionally they have a smaller, medium-sized bell and bell throat, producing the more compact sound while their brass composition and lighter weight lend the greater warmth of tone. Usually played off the knee with the player holding it in the air, not touching the body. A Geyer horn will have smoother transitions between F and Bb at the expense of less flexibility and fewer tuning options. The 10DE provides control and focus with the flexibility of sound necessary in chamber and symphonic settings.
A variation on the famous 8D model, the 9D features a smaller, medium-throat bell that lends a more compact sound, greater resistance, and darker tone. The standard alloy for the 9D is nickel silver, which lends itself to greater brilliancy of tone and supports more powerful playing and dynamic range than a yellow brass bell. Rose brass bells, on the other end of the spectrum, are best suited to warmth and richness of tone but reach "red-line" limits of dynamic volume much sooner than nickel silver; yellow brass bells make for a good compromise between the two.
Conn's legendary Kruspe-style symphonic horn. The Kruspe design, historically associated with schools of horn playing in Cleveland, New York, and Los Angeles, is darker, broader, and more brilliant than the Geyer design; its larger bell throat, heavier weight, and nickel-silver alloy all contribute to this darker timbre, especially in soft passages. Kruspe horns are usually played on the knee, touching the body, which dampens the resonance a bit. The standard alloy for the 8D is nickel silver, which lends itself to greater brilliancy of tone and supports more powerful playing and dynamic range than a yellow brass bell. Rose brass bells, on the other end of the spectrum, are best suited to warmth and richness of tone but reach "red-line" limits of dynamic volume much sooner than nickel silver; yellow brass bells make for a good compromise between the two.
The Conn 6D Artist Double French Horn offers professional features in an intermediate double horn. The 6D features a .468 inch bore, the same as the Conn 8D Professional Series, plus a 12 inch yellow brass bell for excellent tone and projection. The Conn 6D is a perfect choice for the intermediate player as their first double horn or for the school ensemble needing a high quality instrument at an affordable price.
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