This is a beautiful vintage Conn-O-Sax. This sax was made by Conn and is considered to be one of the rarest and most collectible saxophones ever produced. It has a rich, resonant, vibrant sound and a solid center, not too spread.
This Conn-O-Sax has a known history. It was purchased new and has been in the family ever since. It was passed down from the original owner to his son and then from his son to his son’s daughter. We have actually included a picture of the original owner in the band in which he played! I believe this sax started out as an unlacquered instrument and lacquer was added at a later date by the original owner.
Approximately 80% of the lacquer is remaining. The lacquer wear is distributed quite evenly throughout the sax, with a little more wear visible on the keys. There are no major dents and very little soldering. We removed a few dents in the top of the bowel section at the bottom of the sax, and also by the bottom post of the high G key. Other than a small ding here and there, the sax is in very good condition. The bottom post of the high G key was resoldered. Pads are older conn reso pads and are still in decent condition. This sax was personally set up and adjusted by Paul Maslin. The sax has the original neck and the original mouthpiece. It does not have the original case. It currently has a case made by the original owner. We have ordered a new straight alto case and are awaiting delivery. With a little adaption the new case will be great. We will post pictures as soon as it is ready.
This saxophone is pitched in the key of F. It has a range from high G down to low A. It also has the nail file G# key. Each high note from high D to high G has a corresponding palm key. The low A key is next to the right hand thumb hook. It is hard to describe exactly how this instrument sounds because it is so different from other saxophones. It also plays extremely well in tune. To hear how a Conn-O-Sax sounds, please go to the video on our Facebook page of Chris Potter playing the last Conn-O-Sax we had when he did a clinic at PM Woodwind last year. This should give you a great idea of how it sounds, especially with Chris playing it!
This is a fantastic blowing Conn-O-Sax. It is in very good condition and is an extremely rare find. These very seldom come into the market place. This is truly one of the most unique saxophones ever produced.