condition: excellent make / manufacturer: CONN model name / number: New York Symphony Special 22b size / dimensions: Small bore 0
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Serial Number: 347251
This New York Symphony Special trumpet is in very good to excellent condition. This is not a military issue trumpet. It is an original 22 b NYSS trumpet with the original "matte silver" finish. This horn has been played, however, it shows minimal wear. The springs and cork are in excellent condition.
In checking the numbers online, I have not found a "pre WWll" NYSS trumpet with a higher serial number than this (if you know of one, please let me know). This indicates this is one of the last pre WWll NYSS trumpets made. Conn pre WWll serial numbers went higher, however, the research I did indicated Conn numbered all of their instruments consecutively, and this included their horns and other instruments.
The Conn Loyalist has a "Brass Serial Number List" page. This is for reference only. There are other reference pages similarly depicting serial number dates.
Considering there were 9650 overall brass instruments built in 1941, and this was #8751 of them, this would likely put the manufacture of this trumpet either slightly before, or after the infamous attack of Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941). On December 8, 1941, Congress approved President Roosevelt's "Declaration Of War" on Japan, launching the USA officially into WWll.
Although there is not a source for "exact dating" on Conn's brass instruments, if you calculate 9650 instruments over the course of 1941 (365 days) and divide it out, this horn would have been made on November 23, 1941, just 15 days before the USA officially entered WWll.
This Trumpet is being sold "AS-IS". When you buy it, you own it. Please do your research. Call me if you have questions or comments. This is a serious asking price, and yes, I do know what others are selling for.
This is a nice horn. It has the original case, which is very good inside, but shows some wear on the outside. The latches and hinges are in good condition.
Great player or collector horn.
Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you.