Conn, Alto Clarinet
This is a Conn Alto clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The current owner is a professional player based in the West Country. Charles G. Conn began manufacturing wind instruments in 1887. His instruments ranged from professional models down to student instruments of modest quality. Eventually he opened a factory in Elkhart, Indiana. He was opposed to the importation of French instruments to the USA and extolled the virtues of his American made products. This instrument was made long after Conn had died and though stamped Conn, it was made in France. It is of advanced design with a compensating G/D vent and LH Ab/Eb lever. The Nickel Silver plating shows some spot wear but is in good condition for an instrument which appears to date from the 1960's. Possibly the manufacturer was Thibouville Lamy. The pads are used tan leather and some will need replacing in the near future. The Alto has been for a "check down" in our workshop prior to sale, with touch corks and regulation as necessary. The matching serial numbers are L32393. The Alto comes with a floor peg attachment and sling. The m'piece is a lightly used Vandoren B40. The original case shows wear but is fully functional. This is a bargain priced professional Alto which responds very well.