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by mrpowers
(4 posts)
4 years ago

Conn

Hi,

This is the second sax which is the Conn Patd Dec 8 1914 , 1119954,
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  1. by GFC
    (794 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Conn

    Nice one!  It's a New Wonder from 1929, one of the prime years, a much better horn than your Selmer.  The only thing I can see that would drop its value is the worn plating.  Still probably a fine player's horn.  

    http://www.saxgourmet.com/vintage-saxophone-value-guide/ 

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    1. by mrpowers
      (4 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Conn

      Interesting.  Funny how opinions can be so different. 

      The link for the vintage guide says "page unknown" for me.

      What would it have said the Conn is worth?

      Thanks for your time and your input.

      Cheers,
      Glenn 

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      1. by GFC
        (794 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: Conn

        The page estimates the going rate for dealer (not private sale) prices at $1800 for top playing and cosmetic condition, which I think is fair.  There's certainly room for different opinions on the New Wonders, depending on the year of production and the player's priorities.  They're great, deep, rich sounding horns, but they make you work for good intonation and the ergonomics are not my cup of tea.  They're also called "Chu Berry" horns after the swing era player who used one.  Lester Young played his most famous music on one.  It might surprise some to hear an old Conn compared favorably to an old Selmer, but the really good Selmers weren't in production until a few years later.

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