Here is a first year production Conn 22B Victor "Early Model" Bb Trumpet! According to ConnLoyalist, the redesigned Victor 22B "Early Model" was released in 1955, and this trumpet's serial (S/N 435xxx) puts in right on the money! The trumpet is restored and relacquered to its former beauty! The valves are in great shape with plenty of compression left, and they work like absolutely charm! This has a #1 .438" bore, 4 5/8" yellow brass bell and is regarded a top class horn at the time so do not confuse these with the later 22B Director model! The only problem with this trumpet is some nickel flaking on one of the bottom cap and a silver plated waterkey on the 3rd valve slide instead of the original brass. None of these affect how nice this trumpet plays! The Victor has a nice dark sound but resonant and if you give it a little push it can lighten up easily!
Here's what Conn said about the 22B in 1957:
"Standard of the world for many years, still a favorite of many top artists, this trumpet has a medium bore. Remarkably brilliant, penetrating tone quality, yet extremely full and rich. Features famous clickless crysteel valves, lightning fast yet so q-u-i-e-t. Finger ring for adjustment of third valve slide. Length 21", weight 2 lbs 11 oz., bell diameter 4 5/8". Outfit includes handsome new Victor case, plus music lyre and correct mouthpiece.Highly polished brass, beautiful nickel trim, protected by longer lasting, acid resistant LUSTRE-CONN finish, clear lacquered overall."
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