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Anyone know about a Conn 78?
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:56:30 PM »
Hey, Julie asks this question of the forum:

I bought a clarinet at an estate sale. It is wood and says CONN 78 on all parts of the clarinet. No numbers under the keys, and no letter under keys on the body. Its serial number is k64295.
I have no other information than this. I cannot find this conn 78 listed under any search I have done yet. Can you help?

I will ask Julie if this is a wooden instrument. Would this be one of the German Conns?

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RE: Anyone know about a Conn 78?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2014, 07:23:32 PM »
It most likely is made from Grenadilla wood if it is a \"78N\" and not just a \"78\".
Per the Conn Loyalist website, it\'s the Connquest model from the mid to late \'60\'s.
  The \"k\" prefix would place it at a 1967 but I\'m not sure where the clarinet would have been manufactured. As a Conn enthusiast, I\'m happy to chime in here!
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RE: Anyone know about a Conn 78?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2014, 12:13:11 PM »
The Conn 78 is basically the same instrument as the Conn 16, but in wood instead of plastic.  I have a nice one that I restored last year - I picked it up because I started on a Conn 16, and it\'s a well made big bore horn.  I enjoy playing this a lot when I pull it out - nice altissimo, which is no surprise when you measure the bore.  Interesting configuration for the bridge to the thumb ring over the trill keys.  (BTW, the picture is before, not after)

As far as I know that was the last grenadilla clarinet marketed under the Conn brand name.  I believe they were made in America, but I could be wrong.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2014, 12:28:22 PM by rezzie »
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Re: Anyone know about a Conn 78?
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2020, 06:58:08 PM »
Thread revival. I'm good it at ya know.  :D

Here's one for sale  - https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/96514096

Serial # H 5931

I do wonder if these are newer copies of 424N's with the same essential specifications . Hmmmn.
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