Being a popular horn, there are lots of articles on the web about tweaking and modifying the 12M to alleviate some of these issues - so if you find them particularly troubling, there may well be things you can have done which will improve matters. I have a 12mm Conn baritone N143487. Does that strain credulity a bit? Individual saxophones with custom finishes or features would naturally take longer to build, thus delaying their completion date. Why do people sometimes mask the last three digits of a serial number? I was wondering if anyone had any information age, value, etc. I purchased a conn alto sax with shooting stars which from what I have read indicate it is a directors model.
If the bell takes a whack a pretty common occurrence with baritones the brace gets pushed into the body and distorts the toneholes on either side of it. Here is what I have found from digging. You've always got to accept that a baritone is always going to be more of stretch than an alto or a tenor, but the 12M doesn't feel especially big under the fingers. I haven't really seen any evidence that there were two different Director models in the '70s, unless there's bore or tonehole placement differences or something. They appear to have to restarted the next years at 39 00001 and 40 00001, after that it gets pretty squirrely. Directors model horns with the serial prefix M or later, were made in Nogales.
Am I right in thinking that the 6M is pretty good? At first I doubted it, thinking that all early horns had the low tones on the right side or opposite sides. One thing I noticed is that the Conn serial numbers in 1917 started around 40,000. I've played a Conn shooting star model. I think it is a fair argument to wonder how the numbers could go so high in a single year, though. Any information you can share would be great.
Current thinking is that these marks indicate a non-standard alloy, probably only of the bell. I got mine under the description it was 'gig ready' which was a joke basically! I've been looking into it and I'm pretty sure it was made in 1969. Perhaps you help me in identifying my Conn alto. If anyone has any info or a possible web site that has this info. The instrument companies are forced to change the composition of their lacquer every year due to new laws. However, they didn't have a spare top E lower pillar - but they did have a G upper pillar from an older model with the Conn locking point screws.
This one is serial , has rolled tone holes, same-side bell keys, nail-file G , etc. HiI have a gold lacquered Conn alto which I purchased in well used condition in about 1970. The earlier, 1950's Director models with the wire keyguards are the best of the bunch. Another unusual feature is that the key touches are not mother of pearl, but plain brass with a slightly dimpled surface. I think it might be lighter than the Martin. The bell key table is fairly simple. I haven't been able to really find any information about the year.
Of course, the other possibility is that they just merged the 14M into the 50M, and stopped using the 14M moniker in 1970. This process was repeated for each year up to 1975. Here is a Runyan piece I found Typically Runyan makes a good mouthpiece. Here are some of the details:Eb Alto I think. A horn with silver plating will definitely have a slightly different tone, timbre and sound. It comes from the Nat'l Instrument Muserum curator, so I would imagine it's pretty accurate.
You can use these numbers as guidelines, buy my experience has told me that you just need to find as many horns as you can that fit your needs and try them all as much as you can. There is a lot of fancy design on it but is hard to see. These nicknames refer to the engraving of a female figure on the bell of the horn. Your horn would be a New Wonder Series I. Here is one issue I have with it playing Devil's Advocate : who says that the N serials began with numerical 0? A Mexican N-number made shooting stars and I like it very much.
It looks like leaves or something like that. Is this a true transitional model or just a late New Wonder ll? The 1914 is the patent date of the Conn Saxophone. Despite the relative crudity of the action it's actually quite nimble. . An additional 404 were shipped in 1928 and 27 more were shipped even later than that.
I hope it's not really an engraved plate fastened to the bell--that could interfere with sound, projection, etc. We don't provide valuations on saxes for which no photos have been posted. I would advise using a newer C Melody piece though if you can find one. However, the fact that it has the L suggests to me that it was made before the 1960's. I still have an alto from 1908. Horns were either silver, gold or nickel plated or bare brass1912-1917: The New Invention models. I started on a Conn20 I can't believed I played it as well as I did.
See Conn Reed Instrument List at Bottom of Page, or Click Return To Link Page , with additional Page on This Web Site. I played this in middle school about 30 years ago. The low A 11M bari is a result of this. Then, they shave off a 0 from the serial number sequence in use at that time, 40,000 perhaps their equipment was only capable of stamping 5 digits and that's how they came up with the W4696? The remaining four numbers of the serial number indicate the production number of the instrument on a monthly basis. This will be a buy it now or best offer listing.