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by newsomt55
(3 posts)
2 months ago

Conn Sax Identify

Can someone tell me anything about a Conn sax serial number 8716.  I think it is a shooting star model because of the engravings. I picked it up for $50 today. Is it worth reconditionong?

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  1. by historicsaxwhisperer
    (395 posts)

    2 months ago

    Re: Conn Sax Identify

    ahese old versions of the shooting star altos are very sturdy.

    If it is not banged up, you can probably get it playing for around 500 bucks.

    It is not valued any more than that.

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  2. by GFC
    (794 posts)

    2 months ago

    Re: Conn Sax Identify

    That's one of the better "shooting star" models, with a two piece side Bb key and a side chromatic F# key, from the early 1960s.  It is essentially a  Vito Model 37, rebranded with different engraving after Conn bought out Vito's supplier circa 1960.  The four digit serial number is in sequence with Vito, not Conn, serial numbers.  

    If it doesn't have any significant damage, it is well worth getting into top playing condition.  Since you only paid $50, so much the merrier for your repair budget.

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    1. by historicsaxwhisperer
      (395 posts)

      2 months ago

      Re: Conn Sax Identify

      That was information I was not aware of.

      This tad bit of information answers so many question I have had concerning these early Conn models, built well. but the serial numbers not matching. There is a horn here locally on craigslist exactly like it engraved Vito Special.

      Thanks for the Learin!!

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    2. by newsomt55
      (3 posts)

      2 months ago

      Re: Conn Sax Identify

      Thanks. Great info. My son is excited about trying to bring this horn back to life. 

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      1. by GFC
        (794 posts)

        2 months ago

        Re: Conn Sax Identify

        The model was sold by Conn as the 50M.  There was a sister model 60M tenor, but those are extremely rare.

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