Re: The beloved Conn 10M - opinions?
I've been playing a 1948 Conn 10M for more than 20 years, and I wouldn't trade it for 10 Mark VI's! As sax_maniac said, they do play very easy. The sax responds very well, and has excellent projection and a tone that will raise the roof! You definately want to use a wide open large chamber mouthpiece. With a smaller chamber piece, they tend to play sharp. I really feel that some of the best playing 10M's are those manufactured from 1948-1962. The intonation is a little better, and there are usually less problems with the drawn tone holes than the rolled tone holes.
A couple things to watch out for on the 10M's; one the bell brace is somewhat weak. The rest of the horn is built like a tank. For this reason, I would not recommend keeping the horn in a soft case at all. Get a hard case. Some players find the key configuration a bit cumbersome. If you are used to playing a Selmer, this configuration may seem very ackward at first, but the action is very good and relatively smooth.
I would definately recommend a Conn. I've been collecting them for the last 5 years.