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C.G. Conn Ltd. trademark on the exterior of a saxophone case dating from 1922
|Headquarters||Elkhart, Indiana, USA|
|Charles Gerard Conn, Founder|
C.G. Conn Ltd., sometimes called Conn Instruments or commonly just Conn, was a United States manufacturer of musical instruments, especially brass instruments. In 1985 their Strobotuner division was bought by Peterson Electro-Musical Products, who continue to service their line of products.
Assets of C.G. Conn were bought by Steinway Musical Instruments in 2000 and in January 2003 were merged with other Steinway properties into a subsidiary called Conn-Selmer. Conn-Selmer is the current company responsible for merchandise manufactured by C.G. Conn Ltd.
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- Buescher Band Instrument Company
- Martin Band Instrument Company
- Peterson Electro-Musical Products
- York Band Instrument Company
- Straube factory in 1922, courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society
- Straube player pianos in 1922, courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society
- New Grove Music Dictionary ("Conn")
- McMakin, Dean "Musical Instrument Manufacturing in Elkhart, Indiana" (unpublished typescript, 1987, available at Elkhart Public Library)
- The Elkhart Truth, Tuesday 6 January 1931, obituary for C.G. Conn, and subsequent notices published 7 Jan., 8 Jan., 9 Jan., 14 Jan., 15 Jan.
- "About Conn-Selmer, Inc." on Conn-Selmer web site
- Elkhart city directories (available at Elkhart Public Library)
- Brief history
- 1905 Magazine Article with photos
- The Conn Loyalist - About Conn Brass Instruments from the days when the C.G. Conn company was still located in Elkhart, Indiana
- Review of a Conn 6M Alto Saxophone manufactured in 1944
- The C.G. Conn 'Double-Bell Wonder' disc phonograph of 1898
Gallery of images
A "Transitional" Conn New Wonder 'Series II' tenor saxophone made in 1934.
Conn 6M "Lady Face" (dated 1935) in its original case.
Close-up view of the unusual "underslung" octave key mechanism on a Conn 6M "Lady Face" alto saxophone.
Detail of Conn 6M alto saxophone (dated 1935) showing distinctive pre-1947 rolled saxophone tone holes. Note that Conn Res-o-Pads have not been fitted.
A straight-necked Conn C-melody saxophone (New Wonder Series 2 dating from circa 1926) played by Nathan Haines.
Johnny Hodges in 1946, playing a Conn 6M alto sax.