Re: conn new wonder??
Hi saxdawg, the horn that you bought is a New Wonder Series I. It looks to be in pretty good shape from the pictures, and I think you did pretty good on the price. It will most likely need a repad and some adjustments, but it should be a pretty good sounding horn. The old New Wonders play really easy. Conn made some changes to the keywork in 1922 which improved the intonation and cleared up a few stuffy notes. They also added the microtuner neck. Therefore, the intonation on your horn should be pretty good. Remember though when choosing mouthpieces; go with a fairly open chamber.
A little info about the C melodies; most C mel's had the curved necks like a tenor. Very few of them were curved actually. Conn came up with the idea for the straight neck C melody around 1922. The straight C melody necks are considerably longer than an alto neck. One of the problems with them is that the top-mounted octave key is fairly long and not well protected, so they often crack and break. I had one that broke. Usually a decent repair tech can solder them back together and make them work, but just a word to the wise when buying a straight neck Conn; something to look out for. The intonation on the straight neck Conns is probably the best of any of the C Mels. The Buescher True Tones are also very good.
Aside from the letter C which is usually stamped on the back of the horn near the thumbrest, C Melodies are a smalled bore, with a taller, more narrow bell. C mel's measure about 24 inches from the bottom of the bow to the top of the tenon where the neck attaches. Tenors are closer to 30 inches.
Also, before 1922, most Conns had straight tone holes, except for the alto, which was the first to have rolled tone holes as early as 1918.
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