This C.G. Conn New Wonder II “Chu Berry” tenor saxophone is in very good condition with 80-85% of the original lacquer. There is some light player wear across the horn. The bell-to-body brace has been pushed into the back of the bell very slightly. There are multiple points where you can see re-soldering that was done and a couple of the key guards have a foot that is slightly separated but not detached. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number is “M228176” making this a vintage 1929 instrument. On the back of the body is engraved “Patd. Dec. 8, 1914. 1119954 T M228176 L”. The engraved letter “L” below the serial number denotes that the horn is in Low Pitch. Until the mid-1940s, 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, and rolled tone holes. The engraving on the bell reads “Made by C.G. Conn Ltd. Elkhart, Ind. U.S.A.” This horn comes with the original neck. The neck is in great shape with light evidence of a pull-down removal. It also comes in a new replacement case. A mouthpiece is not included. A good used plastic neck plug is included and not pictured. This tenor 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 very good.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 80-85% of the lacquered 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 very good used condition.
Resonator Type: Metal resonators.
The Neck: The neck has almost none 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 Case: New replacement case.
Engraving: Patd. Dec. 8, 1914. 1119954 t M228176 L (above the serial number) Made by C.G. Conn Ltd. Elkhart, Ind. U.S.A. (on the bell).
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