Conn Director Student Cornets (1970-86)

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  1. ConnDirectorFan

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    Hopefully this will clear up various questions about Conn Directors/student models from 1970 to 1986. This Wiki Article is intended for cornet models only - hopefully I can also start on a Director trumpet and maybe Conn flugelhorn articles, too.

    By 1970, Conn was producing two bottom-line student cornets: the brass-belled 15A and Coprion-belled 17A. I have seen several examples of 15/17A/Bs with P-serial numbers, indicating that their production run ended in early 1971. See an example of one here.

    Regardless, these were the student models introduced in 1971 to replace the 15/17A:

    Type: Cornet
    Brand: Conn
    Maker: Yamaha
    Model: Director
    Model №: 19/21A
    Where made: Japan
    Dates of manufacture: ~1971
    Distinctive features: "underslung" main tuning slide, serial number has a dash between P and number, top-sprung valves with partially-visible springs, "Shooting Stars" bell without "U. S. A." on it
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    The 21A was the same, but with a copper bell. The earliest ones used stock Elkhart bells pre-engraved "U. S. A.", and the later ones were presumably spun copper without the "U. S. A." legend:
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    So far, I have only seen the above models with P serial numbers, indicating they were only manufactured in 1971. The first image is from Conn's 1972 catalog, and I have yet to see any Conn 16A cornets from 1973 or before, indicating that the 19/21A was, at least, marketed up to 1973.

    Around 1973, the 21A was discontinued, making it the last copper-bell horn produced by Conn, and the 19A was replaced:
     
  2. ConnDirectorFan

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    Ah, SNAFU! Apparently I can't edit the article, which I saved so I wouldn't lose the work...
     
  3. TPstatic

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    Got a Conn 17B trumpet Made in Japan P-73208
    Kinda like it:-)
     
  4. ConnDirectorFan

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    That's good! I think yours would be a 21B, though. The 17B was an Elkhart-only model...what you have, though, is a harder-to-find horn from what I can find on eBay. Congrats!
     

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