Re: Pan American Bari Sax--your thoughts?
Be advised that the usual Conn serial number catalogs DO NOT apply to their Pan American/intermediate line of horns. Determining the date of manufacture from these is incorrect.
No extant catalogs survive for the Pan Am horns, so anything other than a "guesstimate" based on the horn's features in the dating process is highly suspect.
Although these are often nice sounding and playing, if a bit stripped down, horns, they were after all marketed as a less expensive and step up line. As such, they do not go for anything near the prices obtained by the pro lines Conn produced.
Keep it, play it, and enjoy a nice horn.