Vintage Conn Director

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  1. N1684T

    N1684T Mezzo Forte User

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  2. adc

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    Cornet. I played one from 1955 to 1966. I played 1st chair last two years HS and 1st cvhair 2 years in college. Made district and county band...in spite of this terrible horn.

    Valves are indestructable. It has no range and low notes are terrrible. Yes I have played 2 other directors. Don't waste your time. If you go cornet get a king 602/603 way better. If you buy one (king)I can almost guarantee the tuning slide will be stuck and its likely you will have to have it unstuck.
     
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    It will look neat on the wall;) Didn't spend much. I think the worse a horn plays, the longer it sits, and the more things stick;) On average anyway;)
     
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    Who knows you might like it.
     
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  5. Dale Proctor

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    I've had two of them - a 17A and a 15A. I wasn't too fond of the 17A, but the 15A was a pretty good instrument. Good intonation, nice tone, easy upper register. I've always said that the 15A Director cornet was a better trumpet than the 15B Director...ha ha
     
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  6. Chester Hill

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    I once bought a 1959 Conn Director cornet with Copper / Coprion bell and it sounded exactly like a trumpet.

    I assume it was because of the wrap of the cornet.

    But some people are huge fans of the instruments, and I respect their opinions even though I respectfully disagree.

    Chester
     
  7. jimc

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    My first horn was a 17B (trumpet) Director. A good solid horn, nothing wrong with it. Very durable, to be sure, and the copper bell is distinctive. But, there are probably better choices out there. I have actually been much more impressed by a 17A and an 18A (cornets) that I have procured cheaply. A 14A (cornet, brass) left me cold, and I sold it.
     
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    If it's like the one you bought, it's a 14A, making it a very early Director. The wrap is very similar to the 26A Director from the 30's. It is a pro horn. Your 14A was one of the first entries into the student line by Conn. I concur that the valves are indestructible. How does it play? A lot will depend on the mpc that you have for it. It needs a short shank to avoid wobble and potential intonation issues. Let us know!
     
  9. N1684T

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    So far i like it. Just played it a little as a test before taking it apart for cleaning. Question? Are there TWO tuning slides? I can tell the one in the traditional spot for a trumpet tuning slide is movable as its pulled out slightly. The one near the third valve slide LOOKS to be movable too.

    Don't want to un-stick a slide thats not stuck;)
     
  10. adc

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    yes it comes out. You wont need it to tune, but it collects a lot of spit Probably stuck on the lower segment
     
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