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    Conn ‘Transitional’ Art Deco-engraved Alto Original Silver, Overhauled!

    1930’s transitional Conns deserve their reputation as quintessentially loud, warm, projecting lead altos for jazz and beyond. This one is beautiful, already restored, and ready to go.

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    Conn “Transitional” Tenor Saxophone – Stohrer Overhaul

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      This rare variant of the Conn “Transitional” tenor saxophone has both the “Naked Lady” engraving and split bell keys. This saxophone has just been overhauled by Matt Stohrer- who removed the original pads! That means this is about as clean a vintage Conn tenor as you’ll find.

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      Conn (Holton) Bass Saxophone Good Playing Condition Original Silver Plate CLEAN P22298

      Extremely good price on this beautiful Conn BASS Saxophone that comes in good playing condition! This is a gigging bass sax that sounds excellent and feels great too.

      You seldom see a vintage Bass sax in good condition in this price range. The price is lower because it’s on consignment and the owner got a good deal on it back in the day. Also because it says Holton on the bell, though it’s built by Conn with possibly a few Holton touches to the aesthetics. This horn is in good playing condition on current pads. Not completely overhauled, but it is easy to play. Very few past repairs, and very little dent work, which is quite remarkable for any vintage bass. This is a great deal, and someone should grab it and start having some fun. Bass is fun even if you have a smaller frame, because you can (and should) put it on a floor stand and play it without any weight on your shoulders. It’s also fun because you can rock out on the bass lines of tunes without feeling like you have to take a technical solo. It adds a lot. Look below for one of my favorite classic SNL sketches with Steve Martin featuring a bass sax in the band.

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      Conn 10M ‘Artist’ Tenor from 1941 Original Lacquer Matt Stohrer Overhaul

      Beautiful, clean Conn 10M tenor from 1941, overhauled by Matt Stohrer. This is the one to get.

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      Conn 10M (late) Transitional Tenor Original Lacquer Old Pads Great Serial! 261521

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      Conn 10M 1940 Orig. Lacquer Pre-War Exceptionally Fine Player

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      Conn 10M Orig. Lacquer Matt Stohrer Overhaul Tenor Saxophone 300281

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      Conn 10M Pre-War from 1936 Fresh Overhaul

      This is a beautiful Conn 10M Tenor from the best vintage! It also has a fresh overhaul and it’s priced to sell!

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      Conn 10M Silver Tenor Saxophone 311514 Overhauled!

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      Conn 10M Tenor 1936 Original Silver Plate Pre-War Very Good Condition 274937

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      Conn 10M Tenor 1937 Relacquer Recent Overhaul Plays Great! 279276

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      Conn 10M Tenor 1939 Original Lacquer Very Good Condition Old Pads 288613

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      Conn 10M Tenor 1940 Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul Excellent! 300229

      This Pre-War original lacquer Conn 10M tenor is one of the best playing tenors on the site right now. It has a fresh GetASax top shelf overhaul and feels brand new under the fingers. Italian leather pads and reusable slightly domed brass resonators complete the package. It had some dings removed from the bow, and I had a new neck receiver made for it, because it was time after 83 years or so for that high-wear part to be replaced for a perfect neck seal for the next several decades. This horn absolutely roasts. It’s effortless in the low register, beautiful and wide sounding throughout, and tunes great as well. These are very fast under the fingers once you get used to the layout. Only one available!

       

       

       

       

    • Conn 10M Tenor 1941 Original Lacquer Recent Matt Stohrer Overhaul Great! 300326

      This beautiful Conn 10M tenor is one of the nicer original lacquer pre-war examples that you will see! And it just got Matt Stohrer’s excellent overhual done on it. Add that to the fact that Conns like this are among the best playing tenors ever made, and you’ve got a horn that really checks all the boxes. Beautiful condition, original lacquer, best vintage, best overhaul, best model and brand of horn. These Conns are just so fun to play. The tone is so hard to beat (Go listen to Dexter in his Conn period and see what I mean.) The keywork is also quite comfortable (though not modern). Once you get used to it, you can play as fast on a Conn as on anything. The intonation is frankly great! Better than a lot of modern horns.

      But the tone is the reason to play a Conn like this. This one is just effortless to play. It has a beautifully saturated low Bb even at ppp volume. It just whispers and fills the room at the same time! And if you push it, it really goes noticeably louder than other tenors without backing down. The overhaul is part of the cost of this horn. For what you get, it’s a great deal. Matt is about two years backed up with pros wanting their horns overhauled, so his overhauls can be hard to come by, and his work is worth paying for I think! Comes in a new SKB contoured case that fits a 10M.

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      Conn 10M Tenor 271xxx

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        This is a nice original lacquer Conn 10M tenor SN 271xxx. The original lacquer is about 95%, and the horn looks great with no dents or dings. People love 10M’s because they have a big, warm, complex, dense tone but they also have more focus and delicacy than the earlier Conn tenors. Ergonomically, the design is actually very good, and the keywork is nice and fast, though it is a different design from Yamaha/Selmer and takes a period of adjustment to get back up to speed on if you’re used to burning fast bebop passages. But you can certainly play fast on this keywork design, just as Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon did, and a host of modern players do.

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        Conn 10M Tenor 285xxx All Original! Beautiful Early Example 1939

        1939 was arguably the single greatest year for saxophone-making, and this beautiful 10M hails from that golden era. It is in remarkably fine condition, with even its original factory pads still intact! It has had a few dents removed over the years, notably one on the bell, and a few other small ones, but it’s in great shape overall, and will look even better with an overhaul. If you’re looking for a nice, clean 10M to buy and get overhauled, this would be a great option. It’s priced competitively to give you room to do great on it even with the repad it needs.

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        Conn 10M Tenor 291xxx

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          Conn 10M Tenor 298497 Completely Overhauled! Worn Original Lacquer – Aubra Graves’ Tenor w/mpc

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          Conn 10M Tenor 301xxx Needs Overhaul

          This is a nice, prime-vintage, Conn 10M tenor from 1941. It has rolled tone holes. It is in good physical condition, but the pads are old, so it needs an overhaul. The neck is unlacquered and is from a 10M of the same vintage, so it’s the correct neck and works fine.  The engraving is nice and sharp, but I think it is a really really good refinish. In the interest of erring on the side of caution, I’m pricing it like a relacquer.

          Basically, this is a chance to get into a Conn 10M (which is a serious contender for best tenor tone ever) for not much money and get it overhauled yourself. It has a few small dents, but nothing difficult for any good tech to deal with. It ships in an old Conn case, or you can upgrade to a BAM Softpack or Hiscox case for a discounted amount.

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          Conn 10m Tenor 306699

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            Conn 10M Tenor 306xxx Near Mint Original with Warranty Card

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              Conn 10M Tenor 306xxx Near Mint Original with Warranty Card

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                Conn 10M Tenor Factory Relacquer Gorgeous Shape Great Deal Orig Pads 334663

                This is a chance to get a great deal on a Conn 10M tenor. Why is it so cheap?

                1. I try to have some great deals on the site for people to stumble upon who need a top quality tenor like this but who are on a budget.
                2. It needs an overhaul. It has Conn factory pads – probably from the early 50’s
                3. It’s refinished – definitely a factory job, as it looks like original lacquer. The owner was meticulous. I think he just had it refinished after it got a little bit of lacquer wear, so it would look perfect again. There is NO sign of any damage or past repair.

                So there you have it. With an overhaul, this is going to be 100% as good a player as any original lacquer late 40’s Conn 10M. Which means it’s going to be an awesome player. This is 1949, so the year after rolled tone holes went away. It’s the same horn as a ’48 rolled tone holes 10M, but with straight tone holes instead. If you’re not up on the whole thing – the rolled tone holes Conns are more valuable, but they can also be a bit trickier to keep adjusted, if your repair shop isn’t used to working with the rolled ‘lip’ on the tone hole. But all shops know how to work on straight tone holes, so it can be an advantage that way.

                The sound of this horn is already surprisingly big, even on 70 year old pads. The tone is big, dark, full, and projecting. Keywork is fast and comfortable; intonation is very good. The Conn 10M is one of the best sounding tenors ever made. There’s a reason so many players are going back to them.

                And to get such a beautiful, clean, one owner example that just needs pads for this price is an amazing opportunity.

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                Conn 10M Tenor First Year Relacquer Good Condition Old Pads 266985

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                Conn 10M Tenor from 1935 269169 Fresh Matt Stohrer Overhaul!

                From my small personal collection. This is my reference for what an exceptional Conn 10M tenor should be. It has a fresh, high-end overhaul by Matt Stohrer. Best of the best folks. Don’t let your friends play it, unless you want to ruin their day.

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                Conn 10M Tenor from 1940 Original Lacquer Includes Overhaul

                Super clean original pads Conn 10M tenor.

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                Conn 10M Tenor from 1942 306xxx

                This is a beautiful Conn 10M tenor that played in World War II. It’s being sold by the son of the original owner, who bought it to take to Hawaii with him where he was stationed during the war. This is one of the last of the ‘pre-war’ Conns, and it’s a great vintage. I have one like this in my collection also. Nothing plays like a Conn, and this is a chance to get a nice clean one for a low price.

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                Conn 10M Tenor From 1955 Original Lacquer Great Deal

                The Conn 10M ‘Naked Lady’ Tenor has a tone that is hard to beat. This one is priced low solely because it has a later serial number. It still plays great and is a great value.

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                Conn 10M Tenor Late Example Silver with Gold Keys 792xxx

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                  Great deal on a good looking Conn tenor.

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                  Conn 10M Tenor Near Mint Original Pads Rolled Tone Holes

                  This is a remarkably clean original lacquer, original *pads* Conn 10M tenor from 1946. It includes the original case, original mouthpiece and ligature, end plug, the works. Not often have I seen a 10M that was this close to pristine condition. At SN#319xxx it has rolled tone holes and all the features of the early 10Ms.

                  Obviously, since it has pads that are 70 years old, it will need a repad if you plan to play it a lot. It actually does still play surprisingly well for having its original Conn pads, and hey, ‘it’s only original once’ so might as well leave it this way for now. This serial range is favored by some of the pickier Conn players I know as producing especially good playing 10Ms. As for me, I have found the 10Ms with rolled tone holes to play remarkably consistently and well when they have a good setup.

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                  Conn 10M Tenor Original 566xxx

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Original Lacquer Pre-War 274xxx

                    This beautiful original lacquer Conn 10M tenor is in good condition and ready to play right out of the case. It just had a tune up, and it has a mix of older and newer pads. It plays just how you would expect, with that big, medium dark, room-filling Conn tone that everyone loves! This horn is not pristine, but has been played some, and has a few past repairs: there have been a few small dents removed on the back of the bow and bell, one by the lyre holder, and one from the side of the neck, all clearly pictured below. One post by the G# has been resoldered where it popped off. These are just run-of-the-mill vintage saxophone repairs and not serious, but I mention them so you know just what you are getting. The horn is beautiful, and you don’t notice this stuff unless you look quite closely.

                    Pre-war 10M’s in good physical and cosmetic condition are getting harder to find, and this one is priced on the lower side for a quicker sale. It includes the pictured Pro-Tec case as well. The Conn 10M is one of the best tenor saxophones ever made, and this is a nice example from the prime serial range. If you have been looking for a good Conn to play, this would be an excellent choice. Only one available!

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Original Lacquer Recent Repad 1940 Very Good Condition 289715

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Original Lacquer Very Good Condition Orig Pads 282058

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Original Silver Plate Carlo Cennamo Overhaul Exceptional 311896

                    Just back from a full mechanical overhaul by Carlo Cennamo, this gorgeous original silver plated Conn 10M tenor is playing as well as it possibly can, and will continue to do so with minimal maintenance for the foreseeable future. It feels like a brand new saxophone under the fingers. The tone is huge, medium spread, warm, and chocolatey. With a vintage Dukoff Hollywood or Link STM Double Ring (or modern piece with similar baffle and chamber) you can get a tone that will make every other player green with jealousy. Even random bystanders will look up and think ‘man, I love the saxophone!’

                    It’s an understatement, but I think you’ll be pleased! It’s hard to communicate how satisfying it is to buy a horn that is truly playing at its full potential. Here’s something I often think about as it relates to buying a musical instrument like this, and it’s a philosophy that I live by. Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, by the way, but as with everything on the internet, who knows if that’s true? I’m putting this horn in a nice BAM Softpack tenor case, which is the same case I use for my personal horns that have left hand bell keys. It protects the tenor perfectly, and will be satisfying to own and use.

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-War 300326 1941 Original Lacquer Matt Stohrer Overhauled!

                    This beautiful Conn 10M tenor is one of the nicer original lacquer pre-war examples that you will see! And it just got Matt Stohrer’s excellent overhual done on it. Add that to the fact that Conns like this are among the best playing tenors ever made, and you’ve got a horn that really checks all the boxes. Beautiful condition, original lacquer, best vintage, best overhaul, best model and brand of horn. These Conns are just so fun to play. The tone is so hard to beat (Go listen to Dexter in his Conn period and see what I mean.) The keywork is also quite comfortable (though not modern). Once you get used to it, you can play as fast on a Conn as on anything. The intonation is frankly great! Better than a lot of modern horns.

                    But the tone is the reason to play a Conn like this. This one is just effortless to play. It has a beautifully saturated low Bb even at ppp volume. It just whispers and fills the room at the same time! And if you push it, it really goes noticeably louder than other tenors without backing down. The overhaul is part of the cost of this horn. For what you get, it’s a great deal. Matt is about two years backed up with pros wanting their horns overhauled, so his overhauls can be hard to come by, and his work is worth paying for I think! You also get the BAM Softpack which fits this horn well. The newer Softpacks don’t fit a 10M as well, but this one does.

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-War Fresh Overhaul Great Deal Relacquer 284175

                    This pre-war rolled tone holes Conn 10M has a huge tone and plays beautifully. It just got a full overhaul and plays really well. This horn is refinished, as you can see, but besides that, it it a very good tenor. The great thing about 10M’s is that they both play completely differently from any modern horn, AND they have fast, comfortable keywork once you get used to it. The intonation is good, and the ergonomics are good. If you’ve been looking for a powerful, dark, fat sounding tenor that just gets the job done, that’s what this is. It’s hard to beat for the money.

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-War from 1940 Original Lacquer Old Pads

                    Beautiful original lacquer Conn 10M Tenor. It has old pads and needs an overhaul. This is pre-war, from 1940, the most desirable vintage of 10M. Nothing plays like one of these, and the keywork is remarkably comfortable and fast, once you get used to it. Tunes well too!

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-war Nice Relacquer Good Condition 298181

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-War Original Lacquer 304k

                    This is a beautiful condition pre-war Conn 10M tenor saxophone that is currently getting overhauled. It’s original lacquer, and there’s only some minor play wear here and there, and a bit of oxidation in the bell engraving.

                    The nice thing about a Conn when setup well is that it comes to feel remarkably modern under the fingers. There’s a couple of weeks’ adjustment period where your muscle memory has to learn some new tricks. After that, this keywork layout is just as fast as a Selmer style one – really! If you don’t believe me, check out Sal Nistico on his 10M, or go watch some Dexter Gordon videos.

                    In any case, that’s what you’re getting here – and what you’re paying for. A hand selected, beautiful example of one of the best 10M’s ever (= one of the best tenor saxophones ever) and also overhauled by one of the best repairmen around, so that it plays its best, and will do so for the long haul.

                    For the moment, I’m posting some photos of the horn in progress. It’ll get done pretty soon, but go ahead and grab it to reserve it for you. It will be ready within a month of purchase, and maybe much sooner. it’s Christmas/New Years, so I can’t promise you get it right away, but you will get it!

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-War Original Lacquer Cleaned and Ready for Pads Very Good Condition Great Deal – just add an overhaul

                    This is a BEAUTIFUL original lacquer Conn 10M that is totally ready to be overhauled by your favorite saxophone repair shop. Or get it overhauled through GetASax if you prefer. Way back in 2009 I was selling 10M’s this nice for more than this price, also with original pads, and they have gone up a LOT over the past 10 years. I am pricing this one low so that it sells quickly. Check out those photos. Go ahead – zoom in, make them full screen. The larger the image, the better this horn looks. It has had a few small dings removed, and the body side of the brace was carefully resoldered where it had popped off. (This happens sometimes on Conns.) You can hardly tell at all. That’s really about it! This is as clean as a 10M gets, even if you wait around for a year for the best one you can find.

                    If you have been looking for a definitely great 10M, look no further. If you want to get this AND get it in with a Conn specialist like Matt Stohrer for overhaul, I am open to giving you one of my precious reserved overhaul spots with Matt. His work on Conns is really outstanding. I don’t make any money on that. You just work out your overhaul options with Matt.

                    To give you a taste of what this horn can sound like, here’s a classic recording of Dexter Gordon putting his 10M through its paces. That’s a Hollywood Dukoff from the 40’s if you’re curious. The horn can take a ton of air, and just keep giving you more tone. Dex never sounded better than at this period on the 10M. It’s a natural fit. 

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-War Original Lacquer Matt Stohrer Overhaul 269167

                    This is a beautiful original lacquer Conn 10M Tenor from the earliest period of the 10M (10M starts at 263k or so). My personal favorite 10M (best ever) is actually only 2 serial numbers later than this one! 269169, and this is 269167. It just got a complete overhaul by Matt Stohrer, and it’s the best playing 10M I’ve sold in years. The only reaons I’m not keeping it is because I already have 269169, also overhauled by Matt, and it’s just the same (and ridiculously great).

                    You won’t go wrong with this one. It had a couple of dings removed, and it cleaned up great. Original pads came out. Pisoni italian leather pads went in, along with reusable flat brass resonators that really make a 10M sing.

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-war Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 289289

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Pre-War Recent Overhaul Exceptional Player 294921

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Relacquer Good Condition 297520

                    There’s nothing quite like a good Pre-war Conn 10M tenor in full song! I play one as my main tenor most of the time, and I just don’t think there’s a better overall combination of tone, intonation, comfortable keywork (yes, I said comfortable!), and fun playing experience. Plus it sounds completely different from any modern horn on the market, in a way taht makes people’s ears perk up and want to hear more. This is a golden age Dexter Gordon type 1941 Conn 10M that was (probably factory) relacquered and overhauled with Conn Reso Pads at some point long ago. The lacquer is nitrocellulose like you see from the 50’s and 60’s, so it’s probably an old relacquer that has been sitting for a long time on these pads. It’s priced quite low for a pre-war 10M, just because it got a new coat of lacquer and because it needs a repad. I don’t see evidence of heavy buffing, or of any serious past damage that would be masked by the relacquer. It looks like it was always well cared-for and was relacquered for aesthetic reasons, which was standard practice right up through the 70’s at least. If you want to get the best Conn tone and you’re on a budget, or if you’re a repairman looking for a fun horn to repad that will sound GREAT when done, this is for you! It does play reasonably well on the old Reso Pads, so you can certainly get an idea of how it will play overhauled, but it will be easily twice as good with new pads.

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Rolled Tone Holes Original Silver Plate Very Good Condition Fresh Overhaul! 310735

                    This is a fantastic, freshly overhauled Conn 10M Tenor in original silver plate finish. It has a beautiful gold was bell as well. It has a little bit of ID engraving on it, which accounts for about a $1000 discount in the price that you get it for. The overhaul was done through GetASax with Pisoni italian leather pads and reusable slightly domed brass TenorMadness resonators, which are the best resonators around IMO for a Conn like this. It’s an effortless player and just feels wonderful to play. It’s a steal at this price, and outplays anything else you can buy in this price range, vintage or modern. Whoever gets it is one lucky player. Here’s Tyler playing a few notes on it just for fun.

                     

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1935 Fresh Overhaul Original Lacquer Great Deal!

                    This is this kind of Conn 10M tenor saxophone that makes people ditch their Selmers and Yamahas. It’s also a great deal at this price! It is original lacquer, AND it has been recently overhauled before I got it, and is playing very nicely. The keywork is comfortable, intonation is excellent, and the tone is to die for. Wide, dark, but still punchy and with a good amount of focus. Palm key tone is gorgeous and full, not a bit thin. This tenor has been well cared-for over the years, and the only past repairs I see are some small dents removed from the back of the body tube and bow, and evidence of a slight pull down having been ‘pulled back up’ from the neck, which is a very common thing to see on vintage saxophones. This pull down (now fully corrected) was about a 2 on a scale of 1-10 in severity, so not a big deal.

                    I have a lot of Conns, but not many of them that are both pre-war and that have a recent overhaul. That makes this one an excellent deal. Only one available. By the way, this is what original lacquer looks like on the early 10M’s from ’34-35. The engraving style is a little different from later 10M’s, on the early ones in the 260-270k range. This is what it looks like (and should look like).

                    Just for fun, here’s Dexter Gordon putting a 10M from the same era through its paces. (The mouthpiece is a Hollywood Dukoff, which I also have for sale, if you are looking.) The sound mixing guy who recorded Dex always had to dial him back a lot. There really is no limit to the volume on  a Conn 30M tenor.

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1940 Pre War Excellent Condition Orig Overhauled!

                    Fresh overhaul just finished on this beautiful original lacquer Conn 10M tenor saxophone from 1940. This horn is in excellent condition and just got a high end overhaul to put it into absolutely effortless shape. Nothing sounds like a 10M! This is one of the best sounding horns on the site right now! Get this 10M before they go up in price anymore. This is guaranteed to be excellent, and it’s already got a top shelf overhaul, so you don’t have to spend any money or time worrying whether it’s ‘right’ or not. It is! Lacquer’s a bit speckly in places, which is normal for an 81 year old saxophone. If that bugs you, then you could wait around, but this is a great one, and they don’t often last long once they get a good overhaul. They’re arguably the most fun tenors to play period. When I want to play tenor, it’s 10M or King Super 20, depending if I’m feeling like a darker or brighter, super-powerful tenor.

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1948 Original Lacquer Old Pads

                    This Conn 10M tenor saxophone from 1948 comes to you in very good original condition. There are no resolders. The bell flare is undamaged. Neck is not pulled down. Body tube looks clean as well. There were some small dents removed from the back of the bow, but that was done well, so that it is hard to tell at all.  Everything is in good shape and keys move freely. Rolled tone holes are also undamaged and in great shape. You can almost play the horn on the existing reso-pads but it would be 10x better with an overhaul.
                    Great, clean, original lacquer Conn 10M that will be a super player. Priced to sell!
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                    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1951 Worn Original Lacquer Old Pads Great Deal 344427

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                    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 256xxx Transitional

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                      This is a super clean silver plated Conn Transitional tenor saxophone SN# 256xxx with split bell keys and naked lady engraving. This particular iteration of the transitional Conn is very rare and highly desirable. The naked lady engraving is almost always on the 10M-style horns, but there was just a short period in which they still made split bell key versions but put the new engraving on them. As I already mentioned, the sound is really big on this horn. As soon as you start playing, it comes alive, and the body tube resonates in your hands. The intonation is pretty good, and the not-so-comfortable keywork will fade into insignificance because you will love the sound so much. There is not too much more to be said about this horn, except that whoever gets it is going to be one happy person.

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                      Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 265xxx Transitional

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                        This is a very early 10M style transitional tenor. It will be a really good deal for the money for somebody, I think, because it has been relacquered very gently without causing much in the way of mechanical problems on the horn. The lacquer is the correct kind and color to be original, so the horn looks really good. It plays like most 10M’s, with a big-yet-focused tone that is dark, fat, and powerful. The reason to buy one of these is that the sound is like nothing else made then or since. With one of these horns, you get more tonal colors to work with on your pallette. It’s as simple as that.

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                        Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 285xxx Original Lacquer

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                          The Conn 10M tenor is easily one of the best vintage tenors made. It combines excellent intonation and comfortable keywork with a big, warm tone that remains focused and powerful. The earlier ones with rolled tone holes like this come from the time when Conn’s manufacturing prowess was the best in the world, making these some of the best-constructed saxophones ever. Again and again I am amazed at the quality that this factory’s skilled craftsmen achieved from the mid 1920’s through the mid 1940’s. Lots of players all over the world seem to be moving from modern horns to vintage Conn tenors specifically, because they are looking for a bigger, more complex and rich tone. This horn easily blows away any modern horn tonally.

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                          Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 285xxx Original Lacquer

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                            The Conn 10M tenor is easily one of the best vintage tenors made. It combines excellent intonation and comfortable keywork with a big, warm tone that remains focused and powerful. The earlier ones with rolled tone holes like this come from the time when Conn’s manufacturing prowess was the best in the world, making these some of the best-constructed saxophones ever. Again and again I am amazed at the quality that this factory’s skilled craftsmen achieved from the mid 1920’s through the mid 1940’s. Lots of players all over the world seem to be moving from modern horns to vintage Conn tenors specifically, because they are looking for a bigger, more complex and rich tone. This horn easily blows away any modern horn tonally.

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                            Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 294xxx

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                              This is a very clean original lacquer Conn 10M tenor. It has about 96%+ of its original lacquer and is all original, with original factory pads and original case. This price INCLUDES an overhaul by Matt Stohrer done to your specifications. If you want it as-is, I can discount the price significantly! More pictures coming soon!

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                              Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 295xxx Stand-Out Player

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                                This is a very clean original lacquer Conn 10M tenor. It has almost all of its original lacquer. This horn is gorgeous and has been played very little since it was new. There is hardly any wear on it – just a few touch points like the octave key and palm keys. The bell engraving looks particularly nice – this is about as close to new-looking as you will see the engraving on a 10M. It is one of the best 10M’s that I have played, and I’m actually thinking of holding onto this one as a reference Conn tenor for people to try when they want to know what a good 10M plays like. Lots of guys all over the world seem to be moving from modern horns to vintage Conn tenors specifically, because they are looking for a bigger, more complex and rich tone. This horn easily blows away any modern horn tonally.

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                                Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 301xxx Near Mint

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                                  This is a very clean original lacquer Conn 10M tenor. It has almost all of its original lacquer. This horn is gorgeous and has been played very little since it was new. There is hardly any wear on it. Lots of guys all over the world seem to be moving from modern horns to vintage Conn tenors specifically, because they are looking for a bigger, more complex and rich tone. These horns easily blows away any modern horn tonally.

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                                  Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 301xxx Relac

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                                    This is a relacquered Conn 10M from the most desirable serial range. It is a good-looking relacquer job without much buffing. The reddish color is from the high copper content of the brass in these early 10M’s, and is part of what contributes to the great tone they have. If you have been wanting a 10M for a while, but you are on a budget, this horn should play just as well as an original lacquer 10M with a good mechanical overhaul. There’s nothing like an early 10M with rolled tone holes and that big, warm, Jazz era tone. The keywork is fast and comfortable, and the intonation is typically very good. This is one of my favorite models of saxophone bar none. Get it now for a bargain price and start enjoying it! 

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                                    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 306843 Original Lacquer Pre-War

                                    Nice original lacquer freshly-overhauled pre-WWII Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone. These are the best of the vintage Conn tenors! The price includes the full, high-end OVERHAUL, which was just completed. An overhaul (people always ask) means that everything that can be changed gets done, and done correctly: all new pads, corks, and felts, professional setup, key fit checked and improved, neck fit checked and improved, full disassembly, cleaning, all new oil, lots of play testing. This horn turned out exceptionally well, and plays really easily and beautifully throughout the range. The tone is medium dark, wide, but with more focus than earlier Conns, and a bigger, wider sonic pallette than any modern saxophone. The palm keys stay full and consistent with the rest of the horn. The low register whispers out at a saturated pianissimo whether subtoning or not. Intonation is excellent, keywork is comfortable. If you’re coming from a modern horn, there’s a couple of weeks’ adjustment period, but then you are back up to full speed playing wise, in most people’s experience. A nice, orignial, overhauled 10M is pretty hard to find, and this one is one of the really good ones. It has only minor past repairs, like a resoldered octave key. Great condition, and plays like a new horn.

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                                    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 311xxx Near Mint Silver

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                                      If you read around on this site you will see that I have a very high opinion of vintage Conn saxophones. Conn made AMAZING saxophones during its prime years of 1925-1945, during which time the Conn factory was the largest (and arguably best) musical instrument factory in the world. The professional models of these “prewar” Conns are extremely well-made, and they are simply a joy to play. This horn is a pro Conn “Artist” 10M tenor saxophone that is in just about as pristine condition as a person is likely to find. It has nearly all of its original silver plate finish, and it has beautiful hand engraving on the bell, featuring the famous “naked-lady” portrait. This horn still has its original factory pads and factory setup, even the warranty card, and the original case is still very nice, though you might want to add a protective, modern case for safe shipping.

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                                      Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 311xxx Silver

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                                        This is a beautiful, original silver Conn 10M tenor. This horn has almost all of its original silver plate intact and has not been played much at all. It also has a recent repad that was done before it came in on consignment. Lots of guys all over the world seem to be moving from modern horns to vintage Conn tenors specifically, because they are looking for a bigger, more complex and rich tone. The only drawback is that you have to spend a couple of weeks getting used to the non-Selmer-style keywork. It is quite fast keywork once you’re used to it, and it’s well worth the adjustment period.

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                                        Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 312xxx Silver

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                                          This beautiful WW2-era 10M has almost all of its original silver plate intact and has an excellent, recent overhaul. This horn plays like a good 10M should, with a big, dark, fairly focused core tone that is a joy to listen to. It’s in the prime serial range for 10Ms, and in this kind of playing condition, should make someone very happy for a long time without needing much maintenance at all. This is a solid horn for the money and is totally ready to go, playing condition wise.

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                                          Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 316xxx Silver Plated

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                                            This is a rare silver Conn 10M tenor with rolled tone holes. Lots of players all over the world seem to be moving from Selmers and various other modern horns to vintage Conn tenors specifically, because they are looking for the bigger, more complex and rich tone that the Conn gives you. The only drawback is that you have to spend a couple of weeks getting used to the non-Selmer-style keywork. It is quite fast keywork once you’re used to it, and it’s well worth the adjustment period. This horn plays like a good 10M should, with a big, dark, fairly focused core tone that is a joy to listen to. It’s in the prime serial range for 10Ms, and in this kind of playing condition, should make someone very happy for a long time without needing much maintenance at all.

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                                            Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 319024

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                                            Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Late Example Great Deal! Needs Repad

                                            Conn 10M Tenor saxophone for under $1k! The Conn 10M is one of the best vintage tenors ever. This one is from 1967. It’s original lacquer and original pads, and it is just a repad short of being a solid player. The 10M keywork is nice and comfortable, and if you want a cheaper tenor that plays LOUDLY and has a big, dark core tone this is hard to beat. It should be an easy repad, as the horn is in very good condition.

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                                            Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Late Transitional 275xxx

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                                              This is a nice late transitional 10M tenor with original lacquer. This is one of the last “transitional” 10M’s, since the 10M stamp above the SN# started around 276xxx. These horns are really really great players with a big, rich, dark tone that is medium-spread, but more focused and under-control than a New Wonder II. They also have really fast, comfortable keywork (once you stop trying to make them be a Selmer and let them do their own thing). The intonation is also good. What more could you ask for in a vintage tenor?

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                                              Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Naked Lady Rolled Tone Holes Original Lacquer 322571

                                              Great deal on an original lacquer, rolled tone holes Conn 10M tenor. This horn came from a big collection of great American saxophones that I recently bought. I am planning to get this overhauled soon if it doesn’t sell at the lower price with current pads. It was overhauled before I got it, but I don’t like the way the pads feel, and it would be better to just redo it for long term enjoyment.  It has a huge, warm, medium dark, powerful tone that fills a room instantly. And the intonation is also great. The keywork is quite fast and comfortable once you get used to it, which only takes a couple of weeks if you are coming from a Selmer.

                                              The only past repairs are some small dents removed from the back of the body tube. Probably from a mouthpiece rattling around in the case with the horn long ago. One in the upper body tube, one near the strap hook, and one near the thumb hook. Also a small one removed from the top of the neck. It’s in very good shape now. It’s uncommon to see a 10M like this with so few repairs and nothing resoldered or seriously damaged and repaired. This is one of the good ones for sure! Engraving is beautiful and crisp also.

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                                              Just for fun, here’s Dexter Gordon putting a 10M from the same era through its paces. (The mouthpiece is a Hollywood Dukoff, which I also have for sale, if you are looking.) The sound mixing guy who recorded Dex always had to dial him back a lot. There really is no limit to the volume on  a Conn 10M tenor.

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                                              Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer 316xxx

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                                                This is a good deal on an original lacquer 10M. Playing wise, this horn plays pretty well on older pads. I bought it from a player who was using it, so it’s not bad if you want to just play it as is. But I always tell people that it is best to repad horns that have older pads because then you get the horn’s full potential. So although it does play, plan on getting this horn repadded soon. The tone is classic 10M – big, rich, full, powerful if you push it, sweet if you hold back. It is also hard to beat 10M keywork for speed, and you Selmer guys out there will get used to the ergonomic differences if you give it a few weeks.

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                                                Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Original Silver Plate 318xxx

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                                                  Silver plated 10M’s are rare and highly desirable. There are no dents or dings or resolders on the horn, and the bell, body tube, and bottom bow are all clean. This sax has a mix of older and newer pads and they are sealing very well, so it does not need an overhaul at present. The tone is classic 10M – big, warm, somewhat spread, but with a controllable core to it as well. The keywork is not modern, but it was designed well, and it is very fast, and it doesn’t take long to get used to it. People are still playing these horns from the 30’s and 40’s because they are works of art, and monuments to American craftsmanship, but most of all because of the tone.