The Conn 8D ‘CONNstellation’ was the first popular American-built professional French horn and in its time formed the foundation of the horn sections of many US orchestras. It is one of the instruments for which Conn is best known.
The traditional large throat bell gives a beautiful, dark sound with rich depth, and its lighter-weight all-nickel construction makes it accessible to a wide range of players.
Also available in the Conn professional French horn range:
|Mechanical thumb lever action
|String thumb lever action
|Yellow brass bell
|Red brass bell
†Most modern full-double French horns follow one of two layouts defined by the position in relation to the standard three valves of the thumb-operated fourth valve. The 'Krüspe' layout places it close to the thumb lever and first valve; the 'Geyer' layout places it after the third valve. The Geyer layout results in fewer bends in the tubing ('open' wrap) which combined with a smaller bell gives a generally brighter tone; to compensate many Geyer models are made in yellow or red brass to darken their sound. The tighter 'closed' wrap of the Krüspe layout plus a larger bell results in a characteristically dark tone, so many instruments are made from nickel-silver to add brilliance.
Manufacturer’s website: conn-selmer.eu
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