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From The Conn Loyalist:
Notice the (rimless) vocabell and the octagonal valve casing. In case you are wondering: the valves themselves are round, not octagonal. Also note that the position of the third valve slide and the tuning slide on the third valve casing are reversed from the usual/modern way. I am told the 48B was one of if not the first Conn trumpet with thick-walled brass, making it quite a bit heavier than the instruments that went before. The 48B Vocabell was produced from 1938 to 1951, has a #1½ bore (0.458"). The valves have bottom springs.
What Conn said in 1938:
Newest of the Connquerors, built to meet the demand for a wider, shorter model, easier to mute and hold. Has larger bell, giving it broader tone quality. The greatest trumpet of a great family. Gives you more power with less effort. Built in medium bore, Bb and A. patented Clickless Crysteel valves.
What Conn said in 1950:
The famous Vocabell ... is available on the 44H Connqueror trombone and the 48B Connqueror trumpet. Both of these models are tremendously popular because of the great power available with so little effort and because of the richly brilliant tone. The trumpet is in medium bore, Bb and A. Equipped with famous Clickless Crysteel valves. These quieter, long wearing valves are patented and exclusive on Conn.
This instrument is visually stunning and a very cool piece of history. Everything from the valve casing shape to the water keys, finger hook, and braces is very "Art deco" and interesting. The honey-gold lacquer is not original but is mostly intact and was well done. The horn does show some signs of wear, but has been recently cleaned by our professional brass repair technician and is in very good condition. Signs of some previous solder jobs are evident on the bell braces and 2nd valve slide knuckles, and the only lacquer streaks that resulted from the relacquer can be found on the leadpipe and bell stem near the valves. This is only cosmetic and does not impact this instrument's playability.
Visit Horn Stash today to try this unique Conn 48B Conqueror Trumpet!
Stand not included.