[Ex-demo] Conn V8DS French horn

£RRP £9,499.00 £6,900.00
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Products marked as 'ex-demo' are offered at a reduced price because they have been used for inspection, demonstration or marketing purposes by the manufacturer or seller. They are not factory-sealed, but are sold 'as new' and are subject to a full mechanical warranty. In some cases they may have a limited cosmetic warranty. Item-specific condition reports are always available.

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 styling of the Vintage 8D recalls the production period 1937–57, and features classic elements including engraved rotor caps. The V8DS version had a detachable (screw) bell.

  • Clear lacquer finish
  • Bore size: 0.468 in. (11.89 mm)
  • Bell diameter: 12¼ in. (311 mm)
  • Krüspe wrap
  • Nickel silver bell, large bell throat, detachable
  • Nickel silver branches and slides
  • Extra-long second B-flat slide pull
  • String lever action
  • Tapered rotors and bearings
  • Engraved vintage-style brass rotor caps
  • Two push-button water keys
  • Plastic shell case

Also available in the Conn professional French horn range:

Model/description Bell
Fixed Detachable
Mechanical thumb lever action 8D 8DSE (ex-demo)
String thumb lever action V8D V8DS (ex-demo)
Geyer Yellow brass bell 11DE 11DES
Red brass bell 11DRE 11DRES

Most modern full-double French horns follow one of two layouts defined by the position of the thumb-operated fourth valve in relation to the standard three valves. 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 some instruments are made from nickel-silver to add brightness.

Manufacturer’s website: conn-selmer.eu

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