Conn 6H Victor
Date: 1960. Owner unknown
The 6H has #3 bore (0.500"), and was built from 1919 (but possibly earlier) to sometime between 1926 and 1930 (see separate entry) and reinstated from 1937 to probably 1979. Previously the 6H had been said to have been reinstated in 1947. I now have a Conn brochure dated September 1938 that does list the 6H. However, the 1930~1931 catalog doesn't list the 6H. I suspect the 1947 was an error in the original model number list.
A professional trombone player has tried 6H's from various time periods. He says the differences are in the bell:
- 1949: (7.5" bell) Most amount of core, speaks easily
- 1961: (8" bell) Less core, more open
- 1966: (8" bell) Fuller sound, better low end
The "Artist" and "Victor" names in Conn's various instrument types and models is more or less interchangeable. Even the model number 6H and 10H are the same as the 6A/B and 10A/B. It is my understanding that Frank Rosolino used to play the 6H. If you are a trombone player and don't know who that is, might I suggest you look for him under "jazz". He played with Stan Kenton in the 1950's but also recorded under his own name in the 50's, 60's and 70's.
What Conn said in 1955:
Used and preferred by many of the nation's top professionals in TV and radio, this fine trombone has a specially designed modified large straight bore that's ideal for all types of playing. Has famous "Airfloat" slides with long slide bearing for fast, positive action and smoother 6th or 7th positions. Outside slide is of special Conn bearing formula brass alloy. Length 46"; weight 3 pounds 8 ounces; bell diameter 8". With mouthpiece and music lyre, in handsome Stratoliner case. Highly polished brass, nickel trim, clear lacquered.
What Conn said in 1959:
Popular among top professional players where power and volume are required. Medium-large bore for full "voice" in all registers and easy response in high level. Dependable with tone, scale and slide action. Features include: full bore, Crysteel Airfloat lightweight slides, perfect hand balance, Lustre-Conn finish.
What Conn said in 1966:
Used extensively in concert and dance band work. The most popular professional model because of its versatility. Darker tone than 24H; slightly brighter than 48H. Brass bell. Bore size .500". Bell 8". Length 46".