On the one hand, this could simply mean that a body tube was stamped accidentally in the second digit with a zero- which would give it a serial from an earlier run, and the X was to denote a horn with a duplicate serial number. Or, of course, when my horn was in the shop. But the alto model itself — the model we today call 6M — first appeared in 1931 and continued in production in various forms until Conn dropped its pro line saxes in 1969. I also remember them denying they ever built curved soprano saxophones. Berry played a tenor saxophone almost identical to this one.
Based on trade articles 1920 is the demarcation for Pan American as a company. There is only one question that remains to be asked. These innovative designs, enhanced by superior craftsmanship and technological breakthroughs, have provided today's musicians with the superior instrument performance. I can certainly believe that Conn shifted marketing focus after 1929, for instance, and there probably are an awful lot more brass winds to look at than sax models. This was also the beginning of the Pan American 58 series models. One Saturday night in 1873, Civil War veteran Charles Gerard Conn got involved in a brawl that resulted in a split lip.
They came only in gold and silver plate. At about the same time, the forked Eb trill disappears, and by the 250,xxx serial number range the 6M design is fairly complete. Vaudeville was at its peak, and the theaters and music halls of Elkhart saw a steady procession of the finest bands and musicians of the day. I am also working on the Elkhart Band Instrument Co, the Buescher subsidiary. Here are some examples of what I have on file regarding history: Here are some example ads: Best to you! I play a 1925 Conn Chuberry and use the neck from this rather than the original neck as this mellows the tones of the 16M to my liking. It measured 12 feet in diameter and 35 feet long. I've seen examples of e-mails from them that I could verify with other sources.
To conclude, here are some of the great players, aside from Charlie Parker pictured above, who played Conn saxophones in their heyday. We don't publish actual rates in different currencies as this is constantly changing so we advise you check with a live currency conversion site such as xe. Always committed to serving the needs of students, music educators, amateurs, and professionals, C. The pattern stays the same, but it takes up a larger space on the bell. To give some background: we are a family that would rather care for something old, and spend some money to refurbish, than buy brand-new.
Yamaha's serial numbers are allegedly non-sequential. I just had it overhauled last December, and have started using it in the Big Band I work it. It looks like all the other instruments were already closed out by that time. If a seller does hide part of the number you may wonder if they are trying to hide the fact that it is stolen. Please note : Page always under re-structuring.
He was responsible for founding the first national school for band directors, first and only center for the study of musical acoustics, first successful short action valves, first all-electronic organ and first fiberglass sousaphones, among other legendary advancements. The title is really a misnomer, because for the most part I will assume here that you can distinguish an alto saxophone from a tenor saxophone. The comment on production move date to Mexico is wrong in this next one. He was inspired to take up the tenor saxophone after hearing on tour. As for playability, well, what a delight. So; Don't Rely Exclusively on this or any other list of Conn Research Data, But Take What I have Given You, Make Notes, Compare with the Notes of Others, Look at Your Instrument or Photos of the Instrument in Question, Then Ask The follow Up Questions of the Seller, Get the Proper follow Up Photos to Show the Identifiers You Need To Determine You Location And Date Of Manufacture, And You Will Know The Accurate Age Of your Instrument, All the Data is Here.
I am moving towards 98% at 2%. Therefore, one could conclude that stenciling for the Conn group started at the inception of Pan American and closed with its demise. This was to be found affixed to the interior and exterior, although they do go missing after so many decades! The case that I have is brown with distinctive red, blue and white diagonal fabric stripes on the exterior lid of the box. What kinds of modifications are we talking about? See some commonly referenced serial number charts. They were made in a time when accountants were where they belonged - out in a back office filling out payslips and adding up petty cash receipts. All Conn Ltd, Inc family all instruments were marketed to schools, student, beginners, etc. .
Gives me that classic big American sound at the fraction of the cost of modern eastern made horns. The positioning might take some getting used to though, but note how the low Bb spatula extends round from the back of the cluster to cover the top on the arrangement, which give you more options when going back and forth between B and Bb. Conn Saxophones 1976 - present Date Serial 1976 83000 - 89496 1977 91314 - 98992 1978 98993 - 111820 1979 111821 - 128691 1980 128692 - 145001 1981 145002 - 154753 1982 154954 - 170073 1983 170074 - 184336 1984 184337 - 201207 1985 201208 - 221243 1986 221244 - 240141 1987 240142 - 261465 1988 261466 - 273178 3811713 - 3821881 1989 3900000 1990 4000000 1991 4100000 Note: From 1987 to present, add 50 to the serial number prefix to calculate the year of manufacture. Please note : Page always under re-structuring. Too bad that Conn didn't make a 30M baritone equivalent.
Additionally, internet searches for advertising will reveal much from Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Boys Life, various newspapers, etc. However, it's not something I'd recommend for a modern beginner. Elery has several vintage horns, and aside form the New Wonder, also has a Buescher Aristocrat and a Conn 10M, all of which he plays at his gigs. His foresight and energy continued to add to Conn's innovations. Some of the text may not now be relevant - I am slowly editing the pages as I find corrections are needed - the information is provided here just for reference. What separates the products are the unique features and specific design elements and the definitions used by the company itself. The great Conn fire was accidental apparently , but it has caused no end of problems over the years.