This is a beautiful vintage Conn-O-Sax. This sax was made by CG Conn and is considered to be one of the rarest and most collectible saxophones ever produced. It has a rich, resonant, vibrant sound and a solid center, not too spread. It was made in 1929 and it's serial number is 224633.
This Conn-O-Sax has a known history. It was purchased new and has been in the family ever since. It was passed down from the original owner to his son and then from his son to his son's daughter and then sold in 2016 for $29,000. I believe this sax started out as an unlacquered instrument and lacquer was added at a later date by the original owner.
Approximately 80% of the lacquer is remaining. The lacquer wear is distributed quite evenly throughout the sax, with a little more wear visible on the keys. There are no major dents and very little soldering. We removed a few dents in the top of the bowel section at the bottom of the sax, and also by the bottom post of the high G key. Other than a small ding here and there, the sax is in very good condition. The bottom post of the high G key was resoldered. Pads are older conn reso pads and are still in decent condition. This sax was personally set up and adjusted by Paul Maslin of PM Woodwind Repair, Inc. The sax has the original neck and the original mouthpiece. It does not have the original case. It currently has a case made by the original owner.
This saxophone is pitched in the key of F. It has a range from high G down to low A. It also has the nail file G# key. Each high note from high D to high G has a corresponding palm key. The low A key is next to the right hand thumb hook. It is hard to describe exactly how this instrument sounds because it is so different from other saxophones. It also plays extremely well in tune. To hear how it actually sounds, please go to this video on YouTube to hear Joe Duran from PM Woodwind playing this Conn-O-Sax https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rirFvtvI_0U
To hear Chris Potter playing the last Conn-O-Sax we had when he did a clinic at PM Woodwind, go to this video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21u-bCvShYc