This C.G. Conn alto saxophone is in very good condition with 80-85% of the gold plated finish remaining. This is called a gold satin finish with polished gold accents. The keys are the bright gold and this is a “muted” or “frosted” gold finish. There are some light dents in the bottom bow on the leg side. The bottom key guard on the bow has had a re-solder at one of the feet. The bell to body brace has been pushed into the back of the bell every so slightly. Please see pictures for details. The serial number is “M247220” making this a vintage 1931 saxophone. This horn was made in the transition years between the “New Wonder” and the “M Series Naked Lady.” You will notice that the serial number has an “M” in front of it but no naked lady engraving! Engraved by the serial number is “PATD. DEC.8.1914. 1119954 PAT.APP’D FOR A M247220 L”. This denotes that the horn is in low pitch. Until 1940, Conn made horns both high and low pitched. The engraving on the bell reads “Made by C.G. Conn LTD. Elkhart-Ind. U.S.A.” with a beautiful Art Deco engraving that is very crisp. A few other features of this horn include an adjustable thumb rest, rolled tone holes, mother of pearl rollers, wire key guards and a microtuner double socket/sleeve style neck and underslung octave key! The original neck is in great shape with no evidence of a pull down. Engraved on the neck is “PAT’D. July 8-1919-NO. 1308903” on the microtuner. It comes in a replacement case in good condition. A mouthpiece is not included.
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is very good.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 80-85% of the gold plated finish.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Bell: Almost no dents and no evidence of bell edge damage.
The Bow: Light dent in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in combination of newer and older used condition.
Resonator Type: Combination of metal resonators and rivets.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 80-85% of the finish remaining with very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are included.
The Case: Good used condition (General wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: PATD. DEC.8.1914. 1119954 PAT.APP’D FOR A M247220 L (on the back of the horn) Made by C.G. Conn LTD. Elkhart-Ind. U.S.A. (on the bell) PAT’D. July 8-1919-NO. 1308903 (on the microtuner neck).
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