This C.G. Conn New Wonder II “Chu Berry” gold plated alto saxophone is in excellent condition with 90-95% of the original gold plating. There is some light player wear across the horn, mostly on the touch spots with one little spot of wear on the bow. Please see the photos for more details. It has just come back from the shop where it was cleaned, adjusted, and re-padded. There are no dents or dings in the horn and no evidence of any major repairs. The serial number is “M189236” making this a vintage 1926 instrument. On the back of the body is engraved “Patd. Dec. 8, 1914. 1119954 A M189236 L”. The engraved letter “L” below the serial number denotes that the horn is in low pitch. Until the mid-1940’s, Conn made both high, and low pitched horns. A few other features of this horn include Conn’s signature nail file G# key, split bell keys, wire key guards, mother of pearl rollers and rolled tone holes! The engraving on the bell is incredibly ornate with swirling leavings and flowers along with a country scene. The engraving, which is below the scene near the bottom of the bell reads “Made by C.G. Conn Ltd. Elkhart, Ind. U.S.A.” This horn comes with the original neck micro tuner neck and original neck plug. The neck is in great shape with no evidence of a pull down. It also comes in a new replacement case. A mouthpiece is not included. This alto saxophone plays with the classic warm “Chu Berry” Conn sound and the intonation is spot on. The overtones are gorgeous, especially in the lower register.
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is excellent.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 90-95% of the gold plated finish.
Player Wear: Very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Bell: No dents or evidence of bell edge damage.
The Bow: No dents in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in very good used condition.
Resonator Type: Plastic resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 90-95% 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 A M189236 L (on the back of the horn) Made by C.G. Conn LTD. Elkhart, Ind. U.S.A. (on the bell).
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