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by Island991
(22 posts)
9 years ago

vintage conn

can anyone tell me rough age of a conn alto with serial number M188705??

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  1. by connsaxman_jim
    (2336 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: vintage conn

    That's a 1926 Conn New Wonder Series II or "Chu Berry" as they are known. www.drrick.com

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    1. by TANGO SIX ONE
      (255 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: vintage conn

      The Knights Templar state: Correct ( Bird Lives)

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    2. by Island991
      (22 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: vintage conn

      thanks, i dont know alot about vintage saxes. is this a good sax? or a good year? if condition of instrument is good etc

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      1. by definition
        (963 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: vintage conn

        Thats a great horn, especially with the right type of mouthpiece. mpcs with large round chambers work best with the older saxes usually

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        1. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: vintage conn

          Great horn. The intonation is pretty good. Like Definition said, you'll want a mouthpiece with a large round chamber. An Otto Link Tone Edge is a great piece for a vintage Conn alto. The Chu Berry's have a great warm, lush sound. They're perfect for blues, bop, and jazz ballads.

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        2. by Island991
          (22 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: vintage conn

          do you know if the conns that got to the UK are the same quality as US ones? the one in question was brought into the UK by 'the saxophone shop' i imagine in the 1920s?

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        3. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: vintage conn

          As long as it's stamped Conn, it's the same horn as those sold in the US. Conn made a few stencil horns that were sold under various names in the UK and in the US that may have had a few less features. Most of the stencils did not have rolled tone holes, for example. If it is a Conn; however, it is equal to those Conns produced in the US.

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