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by Spunky2sax75
(75 posts)
11 years ago

OLD Conn Soprano

I am looking at buying an old Conn soprano. I heard that it was from 1914, but I'm not sure if that is true or not. It says on the side... PATD. Dec 8, 1914 1119954 S 129749 L I know what the S and L stand for, but I`m not sure about much of anything else. If anyone has any information or knowledge of what this stuff means and if it is, in fact, from 1914, I would love to hear more about it so I know what I`m buying. Thanks for any info you might have.

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  1. by NoiseFactory
    (1 post)

    11 years ago

    Re: OLD Conn Soprano

    Hi, The sax was built in 1924. Tony

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    1. by Spunky2sax75
      (75 posts)

      11 years ago

      Re: OLD Conn Soprano

      I checked and that was what I found too. Thanks for the help Tony. Andy

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  2. by chrisyoungrn
    (5 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: OLD Conn Soprano

    I just got an old saxophone from my grandfather. It says exacty what the inscription says above, except the number above the L is different. It has pearl keys andthe case. What is this thing worth???

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    1. by Spunky2sax75
      (75 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: OLD Conn Soprano

      What is the number above the L? If you can tell me that and tell me the playing condition if possible, I might be able to get a ballpark price for you.

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      1. by chrisyoungrn
        (5 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: OLD Conn Soprano

        The number is 51558. The sax is silver with etching and I wouldnt know how it plays. My mom used to play clarinet and she was playing it a little bit. It sounded fine to me but I know nothing about instruments.

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        1. by Spunky2sax75
          (75 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: OLD Conn Soprano

          That would have been made in 1919. I`m assuming its an alto, and I would give it at least 500 or 600 bucks. I'm sure that there are people on here who know a lot more about appraising saxes, but that seems pretty reasonable to me. If its in good playing condition, that would be about right, but if it isn`t, it will be worth a bit less. If you do happen to get it appraised by a professional, IM me on spunky2sax75 or e-mail me at spunky2sax75@aol.com so I can know if I was at all close. I also might want to look into it, so if you can get some pictures and stuff to send to me that I can check out that would be awesome.

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        2. by chrisyoungrn
          (5 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: OLD Conn Soprano

          my dad is insistent that it is a soprano he remembers being told that as a child. Does that change the value at all. I will try to get some pictures and get back with you. thanks.

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        3. by johnsonfromwisconsin
          (767 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: OLD Conn Soprano

          --------------------------------------------------------------------- my dad is insistent that it is a soprano he remembers being told that as a child. Does that change the value at all ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Whether or not it's a soprano or an alto will change the value considerably. The altos of that era aren't worth a whole heck of a lot.

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        4. by chrisyoungrn
          (5 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: OLD Conn Soprano

          how do i find out what it is. do i have to take it to someone for them to hear how it sounds?

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        5. by johnsonfromwisconsin
          (767 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: OLD Conn Soprano

          If it indeed says 'S' by the serial #, that would indicate a soprano.

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        6. by chrisyoungrn
          (5 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: OLD Conn Soprano

          the "S" is above the serial number and the "L" below it. If it is in excellent condition and plays well, do you have any idea its worth? Thanks. I probably will not sell it but I am just curious.

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