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Conn Vintage 1942 Cornet & Case 12a / 112a

This is a used Cornet. Valves free & slides frozen. I've read a lot about this online, and from what I can tell this is a Conn Model 12a OR possibly a 112a. The serial number on this, as close as I can tell is 340xxx. It is difficult to see that first number, the 3, but from several angles I deem it must be a 3 and I've got a few different photos of serial number for you to check it out yourself. The only other number it could possibly be is 5, but it looks like a 3 to me. If someone sees a tell tell I'm missing on this feel free to share. SO,The 340xxx number would date this to 1942. From what I have read, Conn continued to make instruments about 1/2 year into WWII. At that point the factory was converted to war production and VERY FEW instruments were produced in the next 4 years. So this falls in a rare sort of time. It seem this was produced in early 1942. I have also read that, because of war time causes and need for copper, the 12a Coprion horns, normally with a Copper Bell, where switched to having a Brass Bell. It is difficult for me to just look and tell what this is made of so I tried a magnet test. A magnet will stick to the edge of the rim of the bell. But on the flat thin surface not so much. So I am not positive on what this is. But from looking at other horns, this does match up with 12a Coprion Cornets that I see. And by serial number charts, this should be from early 1942. The horn is in pretty good shape. It is playable but the tuning slides are frozen. Valves work well. Spit corks could stand to be replaced, and I'm sure a good overall chem-clean would help also. The case has quite a bit of writing on it, and has seen quite a bit of use. The cradle the horn sits in, would normally raise up on hinges to show underneath storage space, but those hinges are gone and that piece, though intact, is free and rather than hinging, can just be lifted out to expose under neath. This is missing a latch piece, but I so have that piece so repair of that is possible with original part. This has a mouthpiece that I am uncertain if it is original to horn or not. Overall very cool piece of history, and with a little TLC a player just like it was back in 1942. I took LOTS of photos, included below (10 more than in the ebay section) for you to check things out for yourself. THAT SAID, If you got a specific question, just let me know & I shall do my best to answer you or say "I don't know". thanks Frazier 601.859.8596

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