Conn Parlor Model • no. 32974 • 1895
The second Conn Parlor in my collection, this is the only example I’ve seen from the 1890’s. It only required minor dent removal, and the bell branch (between the bell rim and third valve) was worn to bare brass, which I spot plated. The first two shots show the Parlor after polishing and dent removal.
The sub-sized hard case was unique to the Parlor, as can be seen in many details. I suspect that Conn only made Parlor models (and the unique case) upon receiving an order. The “deck” lifts to reveal accessory compartments beneath.
The valves were very leaky, so I had them overhauled, which improved the playability immeasurably. The video below was made following this work. Generally speaking, I believe that pocket designs suffer the ills of leaky valves to a greater degree than conventional cornets.
The cornet was constructed in high pitch, and had both Bb and A shanks.
Length (shank removed): 8.5”
Bell Diameter: 4.25”