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by tee196
(31 posts)
9 years ago

Conn shooting Stars Model

Conn shooting Stars Model, what do you think of them and why??? Thanx. Ive seen alot of them and i was just curious.

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  1. by saxokid
    (1 post)

    7 years ago

    Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

    Someone gave me a Conn shooting star alto sax. It is from aprox 1970, does anyone know how much it is worth?

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    1. by saxismyaxe
      (574 posts)

      7 years ago

      Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

      Saxokid, These are cheap as chips to buy, and there are MANY of them floating around. Unfortunately, 1970 vintage Director models are considered by most to be the worst of the lot. This is when Conn moved nearly all of their student horn production to Mexico...thus the nickname Mexi-Conn given to these later horns. I would expect to get a couple of hundred dollars max for it, provided it is in good nic and playing condition.

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  2. by jamterry
    (573 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

    My first tenor was a shooting star. I thought it was a great horn. I used a selmer C * mouthpiece, which my teacher requested.

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  3. by connsaxman_jim
    (2336 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

    Even the later models made in Mexico are better than many of the student instruments today that are made in China and Taiwan. The better shooting stars, or "Director" models as they are known, are the earlier model 14M alto and 16M tenor that were made between 1955 and 1968. The 1969 and later models are not as good.

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  4. by Sax Mom
    (964 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

    Started on one in 1972 and still playing it. Love it.

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  5. by connsax101
    (1 post)

    8 years ago

    Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

    I have a CONN shooting star h59xxx - what year was it made? and where? It seems to have great sound and quality. What are your thoughts?

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    1. by saxismyaxe
      (574 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

      Hi Connsax101, The serial number you provided places the date of manufacture for this horn at 1966. As a long time collector of vintage horns (in particular, Conns) I don't have such glowing opinions of the Director's models, even as student/intermediate horns (although the earlier years of manufacture did yield the cream of this crop), however to each his own.

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      1. by P-MAN
        (1 post)

        6 years ago

        Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

        I was just speaking to someone who wants to sell a Conn "shooting stars" model, but doesn't know if it's an alto or tenor. Can you identify by the following serial # N 30053. Thanks

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      2. by brazjol
        (4 posts)

        7 years ago

        Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

        Hello, Would you happen to know the date/place of manufacture of a shooting star horn with the serial E45xxx?

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        1. by Saxon
          (100 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

          I read somewhere that the shooting stars were a student model, cheaper and not so good as the previous models? Any more light?

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        2. by STEVE GOODSON
          (291 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Conn shooting Stars Model

          Conn bought the A.M. Best Manufacturing Company of Nogales, Arizona in 1961, and moved production of the student instruments in their line (including the "Shooting Star") there. The tone hole placement and bore were carried over from previous designs, and were reall pretty good. The keywork was cheapened considerably. but the horns PLAYED.

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