Information concerning this patent is stamped on to many Conns made after this; the patent number 1119954 should not be confused with a serial number. Rolled tone holes were first introduced on the alto. As far as how it was taken care of, the deceased was a music teacher, and it appears to be immaculate. More info on this horn would help me fix it. Low Bb and B natural tone holes are on left side of body. The F Mezzo was quickly followed by the Conn-O-Sax, also keyed in F, but with an extended range from written low A to high G.
Any help is greatly appreciated. However you will not make your money back let alone make a profit if you intended to flip it. I am now curious on exactly what I have. Many unique and experimental combinations were seen. The serial number is E45844.
It looks pretty old, is bare brass no lacquer , body is practicly flawless no dents or scatches , has new pads, and plays amazing. The very first saxophone built in the United States was built at the Conn plant in Elkhart, Indiana, in 1889 for E. Conn suffered during the 1950's and 1960's, slipping in relation to competitors, becoming inefficient internally, and struggling financially - although they did manage to produce Conn's one millionth brass instrument in 1963. The shooting star engraving identifies your horn as a Director's model student-intermediate sax. Horns were gold, silver or nickel plated, often with elaborate engravings. I've been interested in buying a vintage Conn alto for a while as an upgrade, but there are so many models and its all so confusing! They are a great horn.
The format varies somewhat depending on whether it is a New Wonder of Standard model. The Conn-Dupont operation lasted until 1879 when Conn regained full control of his company. See main page for e-mail. I still have an alto from 1908. While not a success in the marketplace, the Connstellation is still highly regarded by saxophone designers and collectors. If you want to know the exact year it was built, just search for Conn serial numbers.
Early New Orleans jazz also did not include the saxophone, the clarinet being the most commonly used wind instrument. Any questions let me know. Conn alto model is ,,, do you like the Constelations 28M or only those prior to that era? I tried a Brilhart Ebolin tenor piece on my C Melody and the intonation was workable, but still not nearly as good as with the Woodwind C Melody mouthpiece. From the 1920's on, every jazz ensemble had a saxophone section, and the saxophone reigns supreme as the dominant wind instrument in jazz and popular music, and is now used more extensively in classical ensembles, particularly saxophone quartets and choirs. Single octave key 12,xxx-41,xxx X X X X Straight tone holes X. I did learn that the Worchester plant was phased out around 1897 when a store was opened to market Conn's Wonder model horns.
Lefebre was also a personal friend of none other than Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, and had previously used instruments supplied to him by Sax himself. This is my first post on this forum so forgive me if I'm a bit ignorant! Connsax Jim I keep reading your posts ,,at least you are consistent. The story that I heard is that Conn's stamping equipment was only capable of stamping 6 digits. Although the dates in these charts are reasonably accurate, there may be some discrepancies for various reasons. My Conn Alto has the exact patent stamp and date. But, playing jazz, blues, or funk on an old horn like that is like trying to play jazz, blues or funk on one of those old parlor pump organs! What I will attempt to do on this page is give some explanation on the numbers and letters you see on Conn saxophones and other woodwinds , shed some light on the names floating around for Conn saxophones from the different periods and I will give a table with some of the basic mechanical! The F Mezzo was quickly followed by the Conn-O-Sax, also keyed in F, but with an extended range from written low A to high G. It may if early enough have a double octave key.
In 1969 in a hostile takeover bid C. Can't figure it out based on all of the usual serial number info. Just because it looks pretty is not the best indicator of its quality. Conn Saxophones Although the first saxophone built by Conn was in 1888, I feel the best of them were built from the 1920's until the 1950's. On a modern horn you always have to shift your pinky down in order to execute a low Bb, but on the M series, you can simply slide your pinky straight across to reach it, as the Bb wraps around the B key. That's what's confusing about the M prefix. If you ordered a saxophone by the item number, an M identified that item as a saxophone.
Any information you can share would be great. The pro-line was the 6M. Some were gold nickel plated or bare brass. You are buying a 1950's four digit serial number Conn alto saxophone, looks good no denting, it does play but pads are very worn and I have not had the sax tech tested, looks like the neck has a hump? The M series featured a much improved keywork which was lightning fast. I have a friend in his country that I can ask to meet him. It's a pretty good mouthpiece.
If I use the timeline, this was made in 1970 in Nogales. In 1888, Colonel Conn brought 15 European instrument craftsmen to the United States and gave them the space, the tools and the incentive to make the finest instruments their skills would allow. The Keilwerth horns are touted by saxophonists Kirk Whalum, David Liebman, James Moody, Ernie Watts and Ron Blake. Many, in fact, were later used in the Conn Repair School to train technicians. During the Korean War part of the facilities was converted to defense production, and Conn achieved another record in precision manufacturing.