C.G. Conn / N. DeCarlis 26A “Director” Pocket Conversion
no. 311469 • 1936 / 2008
This is a pocket conversion of Conn’s little-known prewar 26A Director cornet, which featured the same micro-tuner as the Victor. This was a professional grade cornet, unlike the very common postwar version. At top left, it is shown in raw brass. Below shots show it finished, with a coat of gold-tinted lacquer by Mark Metzler (metzlerbrassrepair.com). While it wasn’t much a player before I started, I have to admit I was a little disappointed with how the completed conversion plays; rather stuffy. I thought it might be partly due to the fold-back Bb/A tuning slide, so I constructed a conventional substitute slide (which extended forward past the bell rim) – and I found little difference, if any, in how it played. It still looks good anyway!
Length (mpc. removed): 9.0”
Bell Diameter: 4.625”