Conn 8H Special circa 1947
The Conn 88H wasn't officially in production until 1954, however, it was possible to order an 8H with an optional factory installed F attachment prior to the production model 88H. These are usually known as 8H specials. This particular instrument is one of thoses special orders, and interesting enough, it also happens to be fabricated from yellow brass and not the common red brass usually used. Additionally, the throat of the bell flare has a slower taper than other 8h's I've seen from the era, which gives this horn a broader tonal color. Other than those oddities, the specs are the same as any other model 88H. The slide is .547" bore, the bell is 8.5" in diameter. Another item of note, the rim wire is soldered and the wire is made from steel (both of these were common on pre WWII model Conns, but not usually of this vintage). The bell flare is made in two pieces, with the flare being made from sheet brass and not spun from a disk. It's one of the best orchestral instuments I've played and is a wonderful example of the cool one off's Conn was making during this period.