This is the classic no-valve Elkhart style
symphonic tenor trombone with the thin rose bell and a straight
neck pipe. It's definitely for purists. This is my favorite Conn
trombone. What do I need a valve for anyway? I have arms, I can
reach seven positions, and tenor trombones don't really have to
play low notes anyway. Count me in. The standard 8H,
conveniently known as the 8H, now has a heavier rose brass bell.
I prefer the 8HT option with the classic Elkhart style thin rose
bell, and this version has been the most popular seller.
Includes case and mouthpiece, choice of slide. Played in Los
Angeles and around the world by many top players, including
Ralph Sauer, Bill Booth, Andy Malloy, Bryant Byers, and many
All joking aside, many players find that an F
attachment is preferred when immersed in the complete study of
the classical tenor trombone. There are excerpts and solos that
now require it. However, for the working player, the principle
orchestral player, and for those preferring a lighter
instrument, the no-valve 8H can get you most of the way there.
I use a straight tenor trombone all the time now when I play in
a symphony orchestra. For valve aficionados, this horn is
available with a rotary valve as the Conn 88H.
Those familiar with this site know that I have
had occasional rants about Conn instruments. Please know that we
have the highest standards for horn quality here, and our
standards can be somewhat higher than what larger factories are
used to achieving. We represent Conn instruments because because
they are very high quality and the price is very reasonable too,
especially when compared to some of the boutique brands also
available here. But, most every Conn slide sold here is sent to
John Sandhagen's shop to be tuned up to professional standards,
so you'll receive a Conn slide that works better than any others
out on the market. For the most part, slide tune-ups not
withstanding, Conn instruments are built as well as at any time
in Conn's long history. With that said, I do get a very few
Conns with a slightly crooked brace or joint, and while ranting
is part of my mantra, I also accept that those minor blems don't
affect playing, and these small variations may be what you get
for a horn of this price. We offer a satisfaction guarantee on
all our instruments, and will always let you know the specifics
of any horn we're shipping. Just ask.
||8.5" thin rose brass bell, standard .547" bronze
slide, stock S leadpipe, straight neckpipe, no
valve, case and 5G mouthpiece
||$1909 (also available without case for $1709, or bell section only for $1150)
||8.5" standard weight bell, standard
.547" bronze slide, stock leadpipe, case and
Options on Conn Trombones
SLF4747 - stock slide - .547"
bronze outer tubes, standard S leadpipe is soldered
in, new Morse taper fits standard shank
This is the standard .547" bore
slide with the soldered S lead pipe. This slide is
included with the base 8H and 88H purchase price.
The lead pipe now has the most common Bach
mouthpiece shank taper. Brass with nickel outer
sleeves and narrow nickel end crook.
SL4747 - .547" - same as
above with 3 removable leadpipes|
The standard .547" bore slide,
same as the SLF4747, but includes 3 removable lead
pipes, two with the Bach shank taper: S and M, and
one with the Remington shank taper, R. Brass with
SL2525 - .525" - medium bore
with 3 removable leadpipes, 1 large shank, 2 small
This is the medium bore .525"
slide, very similar to the old 78H slide except for
the larger connector. The Conn catalog mentions
gaining high range stability with this slide. That
isn't quite right. This slide makes you soar in the
high range. It has a lighter, more compact,
brilliant sound, and is so easy to play. For fans
of the old 78H, an 8HT with this slide is a great
updated version, but with the larger 8.5" bell.
Occasionally used by Ralph Sauer. This slide
includes two lead pipes that accept a small tenor
shank mouthpiece, T and H, and one lead pipe that
accepts a large bass shank mouthpiece, X. Brass
with nickel outer sleeves.
SL2547 - .525"/.547" -
medium/large bore with 3 removable leadpipes, 1
large shank, 2 small shank|
This is the dual bore slide,
with a .525" medium bore top tube, and a .547"
large bore lower tube. The idea with this slide is
to give the ease of playing of the smaller bore,
and the big sound of the larger bore. It does that
well, and also give the 88H a more characteristic
tenor trombone sound. Jeff Reynolds found this to
be his favorite, and still got a great tenor style
sound even with his bass trombone mouthpiece in
this slide with the 88HO bell. Includes the same 3
lead pipes as the above SL2525 slide, T, H, and X.
Ralph Sauer also uses this slide much of the time.
Brass with nickel sleeves.
SL4762 - .547"/.562" -
large/xlarge bore in lightweight bronze with 3
This is the large dual bore
slide with a standard .547" top tube and a larger
bass trombone sized .562" lower tube. For players
who like to play really loud, you can get a huge
warm sound on this slide. Lightweight version is
brass without nickel sleeves. Includes the same S,
M, and R 3 lead pipes as above. This is a favorite
among Bach players because it plays so open.
SL6262 - .562"/.562" - xlarge
bore, bass trombone sized, Chicago style in
lightweight bronze with 3 removable leadpipes|
This is a lightweight bass
trombone slide in .562" bore, with three lead pipes
from the Conn 62H bass trombone, B, C, and D. You
can get a great low range and a big loud but smooth
sound with this slide, at the expense of losing
some brilliance in the upper register. Light weight
style, brass without nickel sleeves, very fast
8HT bell only||
SL style slide with 3 leadpipes, any
SLF4747 slide with single leadpipe
8H hard case||
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