Re: The Conn 10m Saxophone.The best ever made.
Right now, the CONN 10M is my favorite. I've got a 1952 10M that was re-laquered in 1971 and re-padded in 2004. My uncle first let me borrow it when I was still in high school while I was using a King Super 20, which I never really liked. It played kinda' flat, and I could never get it in tune. I used a Guy Hawkins 6 metal, a LINK 5 STM, and a Selmer C metal. Didn't help. My music teacher didn't want to have it adjusted, because no one else ever complained about it.
When I got back the 10M again in 1997; I always went to it because it gave me the sound I had in all the other saxes I've owned. I play it outside, in church and in concert band. Big, beautiful sound with regular dome metal resonators.
My 10M has an enormously wide sound that can also be centered and focused when I use different mouthpieces. The best mouthpiece combo for me so far is a silver SUGAL JB101 7* with Alexander Superial #2 reeds and an Olegature. My second choice is a ZAGAR Cool School #8 with a Beechler metal lig and Alexander DC #2 reeds. Last, but not least is a silver Guy Hawkins 9 metal with BG silver metal lig and La Voz Med Soft reeds.
People love the sound out of my 10M. I can blast it across a football field with no strain. Always in tune, and sings up and down the scale with little or no effort. Sounds super clear and crisp when recorded.
I've owned a MARK VI (gone), Yani T991, Jupiter 889SSG (gone), Yamaha YTS-23 (gone), Monique (ugh!-gone) and Amati Kraslice (gone). I'll take the 10M over all of them. Although I'd rank the Amati, second.