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    Conn Constellation 25i

    After 50 years hiatus, I finally started to play the Euphonium (and other brass instruments) again. I bought a new Besson Prestige 2052, but i am trying to find the Euphonium i used to play when i was going to major in music. It was a Conn Constellation upright and i believe it was a 25i. I saw one a few months ago but did not act quick enough. If anyone knows one in good condition being sold, i would appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

  2. There appears to be one on Ebay right now. However, I would never buy from that seller unless you understand the condition will be grossly misrepresented. My horn came from there and required a record amount of repairs, the worst of which was a huge hole in the leadpipe covered with silver tape to conceal it. I avoid that seller now. Too bad because they frequently have something I'm interested in. Best of luck to you in your search.
    Richard


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    I assume this is the horn Richard mentioned:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/CG-Conn-Con...r/264571108702

    I really like the Connstellation and will always list good samples when I see them. I chose not to list this one because it looks pretty rough. I could be restored (including finding a making the trigger piece that's missing), but with a price approaching $1k, this one seemed a bit overpriced considering the cost of fixing it up.
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    I did see that one a while ago and did not want to pursue it. I did not even realize it was a 25i. I will continue to look. I am actually have a Conn Constellation forward facing bell also (have to look up the model number). I find that when i play the Besson, a lot of notes are out of tune even though i have been practicing for over 2 years now at least 2 hours a day. I have not had a chance to play with any band yet. In fact, i was scheduled to play with my first band last March. Guess what came up! I do get frustrated trying to play in tune. I did find that i seem to be more in tune with the old Conn. Back in the 60's (my high school and college days), i used a smaller bored horn and definitely could play in tune and had the ability to hit high notes (high C above high C). With the Besson i struggle a few notes past E above C! I got a Bach Bass Trumpet and definitely have an easier time with high notes (although i doubt i ever get the range i used to have). I will continue to look and also hope that the bands here in Orlando start to play again soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    I assume this is the horn Richard mentioned:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/CG-Conn-Con...r/264571108702

    I really like the Connstellation and will always list good samples when I see them. I chose not to list this one because it looks pretty rough. I could be restored (including finding a making the trigger piece that's missing), but with a price approaching $1k, this one seemed a bit overpriced considering the cost of fixing it up.
    I took a look at that horn. The seller says among other things: "...but overall it is in really nice shape..." Really??!! That horn is a beater, and Dave was charitable in saying that "it looked pretty rough". Some things just plain amaze me. At $959 you could pay a few hundred more and get a brand new Wessex Dolce or an ACB Doubler. I don't understand why anyone would buy this horn at all, unless they wanted this exact horn and planned to restore it.
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