CG Conn Elkhart Yellow Brass 88H (stamped 8H) Special, circa 1947

The Conn 88H did not enter official production until 1954. However, if you were well-informed and had connections, it was possible to order an 8H with an optional factory-installed F attachment before the production of the model 88H began. Emory Remington regularly placed orders for these instruments for his students at Eastman, eventually leading to it becoming a standard model. This particular instrument is one of those special orders. Adding to its rarity and intrigue, it is fabricated from yellow brass instead of the more common red brass seen on 88Hs. Interestingly, the throat of the bell flare has a wider taper compared to other Conns from that era, reminiscent of a Bach bell taper. This feature gives the horn a broader tonal color and unique sonic qualities (and its fun to play!). The valve also has a bronze bearing plate, a rarity among Conn trombones from this time. Apart from these unique specifications, the instrument is the same as any other model 88H. The narrow width slide measures .547″ bore with Conn gold brass outer tubes, and the bell is 8.5″ in diameter (constructed with a cross braze seam/flare). The rim wire is soldered, and the wire is made from steel, both typical features on pre-WWII Conn models but not commonly found on instruments of this vintage. It stands out as one of the finest orchestral trombones I’ve played and serves as an excellent example of the unique one-offs that Conn was producing during that era. If you own an unusual 8H or 88H from this time period, I’d love to hear about it. Please send me an email!