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Conn Artist Symphony 8HT Tenor Trombone


Item Details

The Conn 8H is the classic large bore symphonic tenor trombone in Bb.  Introduced into regular production in 1954 along with its Bb/F cousin the 88H, the 8H is the trombone for the principal player or for the soloist.

Built in Elkhart, Indiana, USA with new engraving to herald its origin, this model with the lightweight rose brass bell is known as the 8HT.  The 8HT trombone is available as components or as a complete outfit.

  • 8HT bell section only, includes tuning slide & balance weight.  Add your own hand slide.  If you own a Conn 88H already, buy this bell and you have two trombone choices now.
  • 8HT with standard SLF547 hand slide, without case.  Add your own case.
  • 8HT outfit with case and mouthpiece.  Complete and ready to go.
  • 8HT outfit with custom hand slide, 3 removable leadpipes, choice of bore, built to order.


Conn Hand Slides

  • SLF547 - stock slide, .547", fixed leadpipe, Morse taper
  • SL2525 - .525", 3 leadpipes
  • SL2547 - .525/.547", 3 leadpipes
  • SL4747 - .547", 3 leadpipes
  • SL4762 - .547/.562", 3 leadpipes
  • SL6262 - .562", 3 leadpipes


Included among the many players of the Conn 8H are...

  • Bill Booth, Pacific Symphony
  • Alex Iles, Hollywood Bowl Orch.
  • Loren Marsteller, Everything
  • Bill Reichenbach, LA studio
  • Ralph Sauer, (prev.) LA Phil
  • Jim Sawyer, LA Opera
  • Denis Wick, London Symphony


The Conn design is distinctive in sound and style for several reasons.  The hand slide is a comfortable medium width.  It's narrower than Bach and Edwards, making it a little lighter, and also a more comfortable grip for those with medium hands.  The narrower all nickel end crook also helps center the tone, narrowing the bandwidth of sound for more precision and clarity.  The outside tubes of the hand slide are a gold brass or bronze depending upon how you view things.  This metal has a higher copper content, making it softer and warming the sound.  Even though these are the outside tubes of the hand slide, it makes a difference.  The original Conn trombones were designed for a mouthpiece with a longer shank.  This has been updated so the receiver has the standard Morse large shank taper, the same as most trombones.

The lightweight hand-spun Conn bell is also rose brass, with a reverse tuning slide setup.  This means the tuning slide fits outside of the neckpipe but inside the bell, for a smoother expansion of the bore with no gaps.

The pictured 8HT was built in May 2021.  Its assembly alignment is right on, and the buffing and lacquer are perfect.

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