1905 Conn Perfected Conn-Queror Cornet (Variation #2). The Conn-Queror line was developed during a period of intense experimentation in cornet design in the early years of the 20th Century. Unlike nearly all modern cornets, where the air stream is routed through valves 3, 2, and 1 in that order on the way to the bell, in this model it goes 2, 3, 1, requiring a bypass bridge tube between 3 and 1. The passage from 2 to 3 incorporates the quick-change-to-A slide. Conn's reasoning for this complexity (in the patent) reads.The object of this invention is to construct a cornet or similar instrument so that the air vibrations set in use by the performer when the instrument is in use shall be conducted through the valve system without increasing the number of turns or crooks and without changing the general direction of the wind - passage. Musical instrument makers have long attempted to manufacture a cornet with an equalized scale, so that both valve and open tones shall have the same freedom, volume and quality. Heretofore they have been unable to do this because there have been more turns or crooks in the wind - passage when the valves are depressed then there were when the valves were not in use. As a result of this faulty wind-passage through the valve system the valve tones were more or less muffled, while the open tones were comparatively open and sonorous. The Conn-queror evolved over the years it was in production and several distinct variations are known to exist. There were two major variations however, and this is an example of the second. This example dates to 1905 by serial number and was built in low (modern) pitch. Mother of pearl finger buttons.
"Nipple" type valve bottom caps. This is a relatively heavy weight cornet with thick, sturdy tubing. Conn Perfected Conn-Queror Cornet, #87743, 1905. There is no case or. Although I can supply suitable mouthpieces if needed, at additional cost.
Brass appears structurally intact and without significant corrosion, although the lead pipe was broken in two places when I got it. This has been repaired using nickel silver sleeves on the outside. The tech did a good workmanlike job and the patches blend pretty well. There are a series of about 8 dents in the bell crook and one little dimple in the second valve slide that I did not feel worth repairing.
I have not noticed any particular playability problems with these. I did have a wrinkle taken out along the top edge of the bell, which is still a little visible on close inspection. All the solder joints are good and solid. One of the second valve slide sleeves was loose and I had it re-soldered.The finish is in excellent condition with no plating loss. The valves have good action, I would say medium stiffness (not light and not hard). They have significant wear, and there is significant pressure loss when tested by plugging the first valve slide.
The first valve seems to the the leaky one - slides 2 and 3 pop when removed, but #1 does not. I'd give the compression a 4 out of 10. Serious players would probably want to have the #1 valve rebuilt. For others, it plays adequately with vintage type valve oil, such as Hetman's #3.
Corks and felts are new with quiet action. A Note About the Price. If you don't agree with my valuation, make me an offer, and if it's been on the market a while without any action, I'll accept any reasonable number that reflects something close to its true value. Low-ballers: don't waste your time.So I know my way around a cornet and enjoy studying their history and evolution, in addition to playing them. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about this sale or would like a closer look at anything I can photograph.
The item "1905 Conn Perfected Conn-Queror Cornet, Serviced & Ready" is in sale since Sunday, August 30, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Vintage Musical Instruments\Vintage Brass\Cornets". The seller is "classicbrass" and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.