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CG Conn Professional Model 1FRSB Flugelhorn

About the Model 1FRSB

C.G. Conn brings back old-world craftsmanship in the Vintage One series. Developed over a period of a year and a half with input from forty professional players around the world, the Vintage One flugelhorn is both elegant in design and warm and rich in sonority. Combining the research of classic design and the precision of modern technology, Vintage One is the ultimate in flugelhorn performance.
1FRSB Flugelhorn

The Vintage One 1FRSB flugelhorn was designed to be well balanced and compatible with the player's concept of sound. It combines a responsive .413" bore and a warm resonant one-piece hand-hammered rose brass bell reinforced with a bell bow guard to produce a beautiful, warm, luscious sound. Unlike other flugelhorns, the design of the 1FRSB holds true intonation when playing above the staff. Professional Monel pistons provide smooth and quick action while the comfortable wood handle 3rd slide trigger allows for quick adjustments. The distinctive bead-blasted silver-plate finish provides a unique look and controlled brilliance to the overall sound. The Conn 1FRSB, a flugelhorn with as sound as good as it's looks.

Conn "Vintage One" - key of Bb, .413" bore, hand-hammered one-piece rose brass bell, tunable mouthpipe, 3rd slide trigger, Monel pistons, satin silver finish, CKB 3FL mouthpiece, 7946C woodshell case.

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Charles Gerard. Conn was the patriarch of musical instrument manufacturing in Elkhart, Indiana.  In 1873, following a bar fight brawl that resulted in a split lip, C.G. Conn developed a brass mouthpiece with a rubber rim.  Conn, converted an old sewing machine to a lathe and set-up a shop building these mouthpieces.  In 1875, a French instrument maker named Dupont began repairing instruments in Conn’s shop.  After watching him work for a few days, Conn believed he could build his own instrument.  In that same year, Colonel Conn would build the first American made cornet.

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By 1879, Conn moved operations into larger quarters and began making other instruments.  In 1880, the town of Elkhart, Indiana became so enamored with C.G. Conn that they elected him Mayor.  During his second term, he was forced to resign due to a factory fire in 1883.  The factory was rebuilt bigger and better and production continued.  By 1893 his instruments were accorded the highest honors in the World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago. 

The Colonel loved strange and bizarre instruments.  In 1907, he built an immensaphone, the largest horn in the world at 12 feet in diameter and 35 feet long.  Conn also continued on a series of “firsts”, building the first American made saxophone and the first sousaphone, built to John Philip Sousa’s specifications. 

In 1915 Conn retired and the company was purchased by Carl Grenleaf.  The business was renamed C.G. Conn Ltd.  During this era, Carl Greenleaf began the National School Band Movement.  In 1923, Greenleaf established the first National Band Contest in Chicago, and the Conn National School of Music in Chicago.  In 1928, he supported the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. 

The company flourished until the Second World War.  In 1942, the factory retooled to manufacture compasses, altimeters, and other items related to the war effort.  During this time, many of Conn’s dealers turned to smaller instrument makers who were allowed to manufacture instruments on a limited basis.  Coming out of wartime production, Conn found difficulty regaining its position as the number one band instrument maker. 

In 1969, the Greenleaf family sold the business to Crowell-Collier MacMillan, a publishing company.  Manufacturing of Conn instruments was split between Nogales, Arizona and Abilene, Texas and the Elkhart factory was sold to the Selmer Company.

In the 80’s through a series of mergers, C.G. Conn Ltd was combined with Slingerland Drum Company, Artley, Scherl & Roth, and several other musical instrument manufacturers and distributors to eventually form United Musical Instruments (UMI).

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