I have a NW-2, and this picture shows one detail I think Conn entirely messed up, and it's the placement of the B touch. On the NW-2, the distance between the B touch and the bis touch is huge -- my finger gets caught in between on my horn. But look at the other horns in that pic - all of the other B touches are down a good 1/4" or so. Especially, the Buescher and RA, their B touches are totally on top of the bis touch (which is where it should be).
At some point I'm going to try to sugru a fix onto my horn. Other than that detail, I enjoy playing my c-mel.
To be honest, I've been on my Buescher TT and not playing with the NW-II. I have the neck apart right now rebuilding the Conn NW-II tuner neck. Once that is done, I'll be blowing that one more. I have numerous Conn NW-I over the years, both Conns and Pan-American and the stencils. This is the first NW-II that I have had and I have NOT tackled the rebuild yet.
Yeah, I think Fishman explains the need for its closeness well.
So this is interesting. I've attached a pic of my horn, and my B pearl is different than your NW-II, it's lower. On yours, the touch appears to be in line with the key arm, and mine is below. But it's still far away from the bis pearl, and closer to front F.
Oh wow, you compare the two pictures and you can clearly see a difference in placement between the two horns of the Bis key. Even more wow, yeah, your B pearl is offset from the arm and then you Bis is a 3:30 if it were a clock and mine is 2:55 if it were a clock. Your C pearl is also offset whereas mine is right on the arm that holds the cup.
^^Almost a quarter of an inch difference if you are measuring from the "Zero" point of the measuring tape. wow....I can't see the difference but it's undeniable. "Our" G key is seemingly in the same place and somehow it goes wonky between the two horns. Your A and B are clearly 1/4" different than mine....Even the octave mechanism is different but I can't see how they got that way.
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