Posted by Rob P-M on June 30, 2003 at 17:29:25:
In Reply to: Re: Re: older Conn model numbers / catalogs posted by BBbesson on June 30, 2003 at 12:28:06:
Generally speaking, older Conns are well-thought of IF they were professional instruments to begin with (i.e. 4 valves) and the valves and tubing are in good condition, no red rot, and the branches free of major dents and the bell free of major creases or holes. Of course, each horn is different and you'd have to play it to know. Of tubas of that vintage, I would say Yorks are probably the most sought after, then Conns. I would be wary of any horn that has had a whole lot of obvious dent work done. Valves can be overhauled, and the valve branches replaced (or fabricated) fairly easily.