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by diminishedpower
(25 posts)
10 years ago

help identifing a conn tenor

Theres a guy selling a conn that lives like 2 hours away for 500 and i was wondering if you guys could help figure out waht it is from what he told me, so i can decide if i will drive and check it out. he siad it says cg conn limited, elkhart, indiana. with a serial of 89789. (1922 i think) with orginal lacour and new pads. Can anyone put a name to this horn?

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  1. by definition
    (963 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: help identifing a conn tenor

    That should be a Conn New wonder "Series 1", a pre Chu Berry horn. In good condition, it is worth the 500 dollars. Here is a link to more info on the horn. www.saxpics.com/conn/new_wonder1.htm

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    1. by diminishedpower
      (25 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: help identifing a conn tenor

      thank you for the help. now has anyone had any experience with them. i'm looking for an upgrade from my student yamaha. I play lead tenor in jazz band for my school and i think its sad i'm using a beginner

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      1. by connsaxman_jim
        (2336 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: help identifing a conn tenor

        If you're looking to upgrade your Yamaha, I think you might do better to look for a 10M or a New Wonder Series II (Chu Berry). The Series I horns have a nice sound, but the key work is a little more cumbersome and they're very tempermental.....kind of like an old lady. They're neat old horns and fun to play, but probably not the horn you're looking for

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    2. by connsaxman_jim
      (2336 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: help identifing a conn tenor

      It is in fact a 1922 New wonder series I. I know this horn well. I would imagine it's silver plated. Most of them were. The sterling silver plate usually cleans up nice. The tenors had pretty good intonation, This sax has the rolled tone holes. I have a couple of these old New Wonder series horns and they're neat old horns. If it's in good shape and plays decent, $500 is a great buy. These saxophones don't usually demand the kind of money you would get for a New Wonder Series II (Chu Berry) or an earlier (pre 1948) 10M, but a New Wonder series I in good condition is still worth $1000-$1200

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