This is the modern reincarnation of the classic Conn 62H bass trombone, originally built from 1969-1972. This new model was reintroduced in 2001 and is offered in two versions: 62H with stacked valves or 62HI with inline valves. The 62H trombone was designed with the advice of LA studio great Bill Reichenbach.
The C.G. Conn 62HI in-line independent double rotor bass trombone in the key of Bb/F/Gb features an 9-1/2" professional rose brass bell producing a warm, rich sound. The .562" primary bore combined with .594" bore through rotor sections offers outstanding clarity and projection with less resistance. The chrome plated nickel silver inner hand slide tubes provide the ideal surface for smooth and quick hand slide action. The clear lacquer finish adds a subtle warmth to the sound overall. The C.G. Conn 62HI professional bass trombone is ideal for both symphonic and solo performance.
Most of the Conn parts are fabricated in Eastlake, Ohio, and the trombone is assembled and finished in Elkhart, Indiana, which is the Conn and Bach pro trombone shop.
I've been tinkering with a very nice 62HI, serial 178366. I've got the trigger paddles curved to be more ergonomic for human hands, and the rotor spring tension is more equalized to each other. A Kanstul Minick L leadpipe really seems to hit the middle mark for me, fairly open pedal Bb, broad tone with some core, and a cracking attack when pushed. I'll include one. I'd be pleased to own this trombone. Hand slide is excellent, balance is good, ergonomics are fine, you can make some presence with this Conn.
The 1960's Conns had the tuning mechanism in the hand slide but weren't in production for very long. The older players like that, but it wasn't a draw for the institutional market, so some compromises were made in the Gen II reissue. A trumpet player was in charge of Gen II, so not all new parts were made like I want, but the bell and tuning slide are a replica of Bill Reichenbach's favorite horn, the standard tuning sleeves (rather than reverse) keep the tone compact and the unbraced bow seems to add some clarity. The F and Gb attachments are as open as possible, including angled rotor knuckles to reduce tubing bends. The hand slide was redesigned again with weighted oversleeves which helps projection. The 62H has a malleable tone, not as bazooka as an XO, but with more color and style. Compared to the Kanstul 1662, Conn did a better job at getting the bell weight right. The Conn is less tinny than the Kanstul at higher volumes and it slots more securely above the staff. If you like a classic Minick trombone from Los Angeles, this Conn is done right and is not far from it. -SF