This is an estate sale find. This beautiful mellophone still plays. The slides and pistons move freely.
There is a hole punched in the bottom of the first piston. I play trumpet and Ive seen this done on some old horns as well. I can only guess that it affects the pitch or tone. Either way, it doesnt seem to affect the play of the horn.
The horn comes with its own mouthpiece, which again, being a trumpet player feels too big for me. I dropped in a cornet mouthpiece to check the compression, and considering its age, it's still pretty good. The horn has only some tiny dings, and one of the accessory pipes is missing a water key. I think of this horn as a playable collectible.
What Conn said in 1931 about their mellophone. The mellophone is a great "pinch-hitter" for the French Horn and is often used as a substitute for this instrument. Its larger bore, shorter length and more shallow mouthpiece makes it easier to play. It is built in F with D slide for orchestra work.
The Eb slide makes it adaptable for band work and the C slide makes it possible to play directly from piano, violin and song music without transposition. The item "Antique Conn Key Adjustable Mellophone Circa 1918 with Gold Washed Bell & Case" is in sale since Monday, April 02, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Brass\Mellophones".
The seller is "jaker40" and is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.