Pan American 62B Bb & A Regular line

Pan American 62B Bb&A Regular line

Date: 1939-1941. Owned by Eric Knight. (This picture is twice as large as displayed here).

This model is very similar to the later model Pan American 58B which in 1954 became the Conn 14B Director, which in turn became the Conn 15B Director. Actually, I suspect the 62B and the 58B are identical except for the double brace on the main tuning slide of the 62B. The model number list has the 62B in production between 1939 and 1946. Since no Pan American (and very few Conn) instruments were produced between August 1942 and 1945 due to World War 2, I suspect not that many of this model were made. Contrary to what I said here before, the third slide on this instrument is installed correctly. I am reliably informed that there is no other way to install it.

The stop rod assembly on the main tuning slide suggests a date between 1939 and 1941, since that feature was discontinued in 1946.

The owner of this instrument says the response and tone quality is very good. However, the fit of the valves is "adequate". The quality of the brass used for the bell is exceptionally good, and the instrument responds instantly with the slightest effort.