This C.G. Conn Alto Saxophone Art Deco Sunburst with Lady Silhouette Engraving 1930’s Serial #M246862 is in very good condition with 85-90% of old re lacquer and light player wear across the horn. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned and adjusted, so it plays great. The pads are a mix of old and new, but all are in good condition. There’s evidence that one or two minor dents were taken out of the bow, and a couple of braces were re soldered. There is also one small dent still in the bow, and two keys rollers are missing (These rollers have been replaced with vintage rollers, but the pictures are from before). You’ll also notice that this horn was some time in the past. The lacquer has darkened, and there has been some wear to the keys and bell. The engraving is still there, but possibly not as sharp as it could be. The serial number is M246862 making this a 1931-3192 vintage horn. On the back of the body is engraved “Dec 8, 1914,Pat For L”. The “L” denotes this horn is in Low Pitch. Until the mid-1940s Conn made horns in both high and low pitch. The engraving is a gorgeous Art Deco Sunburst with a Lady’s Silhouette. The words “C.C. Conn LTD Elkhart, IND. U.S.A.” are featured beside it. It also comes with the iconic double socket/sleeve style neck that’s in great shape with no evidence of a pull down. It comes in a new replacement case. A mouthpiece is not included.
This is a true C.G. Conn transitional horn made in the years when Conn was transiting from the New Wonder “Chu Berry” style models to the “Naked Lady” model. It has the sleeve neck, which is associated with the 6Ms. The body has already transitioned from the Chu Berry (which had split bell keys) into a “Naked Lady” style. It also has the “M” series serial number, which is usually associated with the “Naked Lady” horns. In addition it has an amazing engraving, which is also quite typical of the transitional years, when Conn was experimenting with different engravings, necks, body styles and denotations.
The sound of this alto saxophone is awesome. It’s warm, with a full voice and crisp intonation. The overtones are also fantastic to hear.
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