Re: My new sax....please tell me about it
Well, it is in fact a Chu Berry or New Wonder Series II. Your saxophone was made in 1928, which was one of the best years for the New Wonder Series II. Your alto has rolled tone holes, the "nail file" G# key, split bell keys (low B and Bb keys on opposite sides of the bell) and a microtuner neck. Most of these horns were silver plated. The December 1914 patent date is for the rolled tone holes. The A is for alto, and the L indicates that the horn is low pitch (A=440) which is the tuning standard that is used today.
There were several different variations of the New Wonder Series II or Chu Berry. Actually, Chu Berry was a famous saxophone player during the mid 1920's through the 1930's. The horn that Leon "Chu" Berry played was actually a transitional model tenor. The transitional model horns were made between 1929 and 1933, and had features of both the New Wonder Series II and the later 6M alto or 10M tenor.
There were many elaborate engravings featured on the New Wonder Series II horns. There was an art decco style, a floral engraving, and a lady portrait engraving. The Artist and Virtuoso deluxe models were often gold plated. Some also featured pearl key touches for EVERY key, including the spatula keys.
The value of these horns varies highly depending on the finish (gold, silver, relacquered, etc.) and the condition. A common Silver plated horn in good condition will easily bring $1200 or more. A gold plated Virtuoso Deluxe model with a detailed portrait engraving in mint condition might bring $4000 or more! In any case, $80 is a STEAL!!!
Congratulations on owning a fine horn!!!