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CG Conn Professional Model 88HCL Tenor Trombone

About the Model 88HCL

The story of the Conn 88H trombone ultimately begins in 1875 with the vision and determination of one man: Colonel C.G. Conn. Founding a band instrument manufacturing company in the small town of Elkhart, Indiana, Conn quickly became known for his innovative brass designs and became the largest producer of trombones in the United States and earned the lasting reputation as "America's trombone house." Carrying on this tradition, the 88H is recognized for its unique tone color and refusal to "break up" even at the most extreme dynamics making it one of the most widely used professional symphonic trombones in the world. The Conn 88H series. Trombones with a future as bright as their past.
CG Conn Professional Model 88HCL Tenor Trombone

The Conn 88HCL Symphony trombone features a .547" primary bore combined with a .562" bore F attachment that offers outstanding clarity and projection with an open feel. The open wrap F attachment features the patented "CL2000" valve designed by renowned solo trombone artist Christian Lindberg. The unique design is extremely efficient, smooth, and quick and removes any resistance normally found in a traditional rotor valve. It also boasts the shortest "throw" of any trombone on the market today providing the quickest transition to the F side of the trombone. The chrome plated nickel silver inner handslide tubes provide the ideal surface for smooth and quick handslide action. The rose brass material used in the professional bell and handslide material produces a deep, warm resonant sound while the clear lacquer finish adds a subtle warmth overall. The Conn 88HCL professional trombone is ideal for both symphonic and solo performance. Available in silver-plate finish as model 88HCLSP.

Conn "Symphony" - .547" primary bore, .562" bore through F attachment, 8-1/2" rose brass bell, open wrap F attachment with patented CL2000 rotor, rose brass outer slide, clear lacquer finish, Conn 5G mouthpiece, 7521C woodshell case.

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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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