When Nickel was scarce…

By: frugalhorn

Mar 19 2016

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Looking over my 28d’s., time to make a decision, more to follow.

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28dbell-2I’ve heard that during the Korean War, nickel was in high demand, apparently for the war effort and occasionally C G Conn would substitute plated brass parts on a horn that was otherwise NiSi.

I’ve owned military marked and Korean war time  28d’s that had a hodgepodge collection of brass and nickel crook parts, etc. Parts that would normally be nickel were brass, sometimes mixed on the same horn.28dbell-1

A couple of years a go a friend who owned a Korean War serial range 8D decided that she would like to convert her horn to a rose brass first branch and detachable bell tail. As a part of the cost for the work and parts I took the bell tail from her horn in exchange. I knew it was brass because inside the bell flare where the hand rests had worn through the plating.  We speculated that the bell was…

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