This C.G. Conn New Wonder I silver baritone saxophone is in very good condition with 90-95% of silver finish. The saxophone needs to be buffed. The neck tenon receiver is slightly out of round, however the neck does fit in it and tightens with no issues. The facing side tone hole on the bell is slightly out of round on the edge but this does not affect the play ability of the saxophone. As a side note, the bell key tone hole is easily repairable if you pull the key off and round out the tone hole. There is no damage to it, it simply was dented. The keyguard above the lower thumb rest needs to be re-soldered at the top and bottom. The Eb key guard is bent forward slightly and does not impact the playability. Please see the pictures for details. The serial number on the horn is “47657” making this a vintage 1918 baritone saxophone. The engraving on the bell reads “Made by C.G. Conn LTD. Elkhart Ind.”. “PATD.DEC.8.1914. 1119954 B” is engraved on the back of the horn above the serial number with “L” engraved below the serial number. This denotes that the horn is in low pitch. Until 1940, Conn made horns both high and low-pitched. This saxophone has split bell keys, wire key guards, mother-of-pearl rollers, and cut tone holes. Please note three of the rollers were replaced previously with brown cellulose rollers. The neck has the matching serial number and is in very good condition. Please note this is an early side pip octave mechanism. There are some extremely minor dings in the neck that are easier to feel than to see. It comes in a good used replacement case. There is no mouthpiece included. This saxophone has that classic New Wonder dark Conn sound with dark overtones. The silver gives it a very mellow resonance.
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is very good.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in good to very good playing condition.
The Key Plating: Approximately 90-95% of the original key plating remains with light player wear to the touch spots. It needs to be buffed.
The Finish: It has approximately 90-95% of the silver finish. It needs to be buffed.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Bell: Almost no dents and minor bell edge damage.
The Bow: Almost no dents in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in a combination of newer and older used conditions.
Resonator Type: Combination of plastic resonators, metal resonators, and rivets.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 90-95% of the finish remaining with light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are included.
The Stand: If pictured, not included.
The Case: Good used condition (General wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: Made by C.G. Conn LTD. Elkhart Ind. (on the bell) PATD. DEC. 8. 1914. 1119954 B 47657 L (on the back of the horn).
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