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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Exceptional Player Matt Stohrer Overhaul

    One of the best playing tenors on the entire site right now. This has a huge, effortless, resonant voice. Vibrates in your hands and comes to life easily even at low volumes. It’s a joy to play. You can’t beat Matt Stohrer’s work on one of these. He did a full overhaul a few years ago, and it hasn’t been played much since. He just did a full-day full disassembly, cleaning, and re-setup, and it’s as good as new.

    What superlatives should I choose to get across what a great tenor this is? In my opinion, the Conn 10M is a serious contender for the best tenor saxophone ever made. It has a full, medium dark tone that is wider and richer than vintage Selmers. I’m not just saying the Conn is the best of the less expensive tenors, and leaving SBA’s and Mark VI’s to the side. I actually think the Conn is the superior player – more fun, better in tune, more even scale, sounds better on recordings and in person. That’s me. I love vintage Selmers also, but there’s a reason why Conns are what you more and more see when you go to live shows – the keywork is quite comfortable once you get used to it, and they do everything really well.

    And this is one of the best of the best, so to speak. It got the sort of individual attention that takes these (very consistently manufactured) instruments from good to exceptional. Get this one and get playing. Or if you want one that looks nearly perfect and is also overhauled, check the 271k. It’s also fantastic, and looks nearly new. But this one is my personal favorite.

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    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 301278

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    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Pre-War Transitional Recent Overhaul Great Deal 260324

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    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Prewar Overhauled Outstanding Condition 271884

    Outrageously nice ORIGINAL lacquer Conn 10M tenor pre-war from 1936. This tenor is looking incredible at 83 years young. This is one of the cleanest, most perfect vintage Conn tenors that I have seen, AND it just had a complete overhaul with all new pads etc so that it’s playing its best. This beast has a huge, wide tone and tons of projection. The sound is wide – room-filling, and gorgeous. I hate to use so many superlatives in one description. It feels like I’m spending them profligately after being habitually sparse with them on most of the site, but come on – do you really see many 10M’s in this kind of shape anymore? It’s just effortless to play, with low Bb popping out like any other note, regardless of low volume. It has a nice, snappy pad feel, and has really been babied. It was original pads until it got overhauled earlier this year. The only past repairs in the overhaul were a couple of small dents removed from the bell, which are really quite minor. That’s pretty much it. It has the original case in nice shape as well.

    It’s basically everything you could possibly want in a vintage Conn. Super clean, great player, Pre-War, overhauled, beautiful. The works. It will most definitely go up in value in coming years, as Conns are being snapped up left and right by pro players who understand that the tone is unbeatable, and the keywork is quite fast and comfortable once you get used to it. One of my favorite horns on the site for sure! I would consider pairing this with a modern case for safe shipping and gigging. I can recommend some BAM cases that will fit and give you a good price on one.

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    Conn 10M Transitional Tenor 257xxx Original Stohrer Overhaul

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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. It’s a gorgeous horn in the prime serial range for a Conn transitional. There is no past damage, and there are no past repairs of any kind. It is near mint condition, even though it is 75 years old! When they are this clean, you know that you are getting the experience of what one of these really should be like.

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    Conn 10M Transitional Tenor Art Deco Silver Overhauled!

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    Best of the best type of Conn from the ideal vintage for the quintessential 30’s jazz powerhouse. Beautiful and rare art deco silver plate original finish, fresh overhaul! This has it all.

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    Conn 10M Transitional Tenor Original Lac + High End Matt Stohrer Overhaul

    There’s some lacquer missing on the bell where the owner picked up the horn the same way every time. Worn spot on the bell. Worn spot on the bell. Worn spot on the bell. OK now you’re desensitized to it. This is one of the best horns on the site at present.

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    Conn 10M Transitional Tenor Saxophone 250009 Art Deco Silver Plate Recent Overhaul Outstanding!

    This is a very nice condition Conn New Wonder II tenor, built in 1932, among the earliest of the “transitional” series with art deco engraving and raised side E key.  It is in its original silver plate, and has a recent mechanical overhaul on it that was very well done. This tenor is tight and slick and snappy and not mushy under the fingers (as can sometimes happen to Conns with less-than-stellar overhauls) and has the simply unbelievable enormity of tone that even now, after having owned and played about as many saxophones as anyone else, still surprises and delights me when I pick up a Conn.  As a repairman friend of mine is fond of saying “I am not prone to hyperbole, but I could go to court and win the case that Conn has the biggest tone.” If you haven’t had a chance to play a 1920s-1930s Conn, you simply haven’t seen all that the saxophone can do. A good Conn is a truly astonishing instrument, and it is easy to see why so many of the professionals of the era favored Conns. If you need to project to the back of a dance hall in the age before amplification, a Conn is the way to go.  

    And because so many professionals of the golden age of big band and jazz played Conns, it is not common to find one in clean shape- and although almost anything can be fixed in the right hands, I find it better to start with a clean example when possible, even (perhaps especially) when being fixed in the right hands.  And this horn fits the bill- straight, not abused, not refinished, not overly worn, and well overhauled. 85 years old and ready to play out of the case, putting other horns to shame with its undeniably massive tone. This is a great horn, and whoever buys this one, your neighbors 3 houses down are going to know when you make the switch.   

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    Conn 10M Transitional Tenor Saxophone 261xxx

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    This is a beautiful original split bell keys transitional 10M. These are really great playing horns, and some of the earliest lacquered Conns to sport the naked lady engraving and the beginnings of 10M keywork. That makes them hard to beat. They are also extremely hard to find in original lacquer, as this horn is. This sax has older pads, and although it currently does play very well, it will need a repad fairly soon, if you play it a lot.

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    Conn 10M Transitional Tenor Saxophone 269xxx

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    If you are in the market for a truly great 10M, you have come to the right place. I have spent the last several months trying to find a handful of great vintage Conn tenors, and this is one of them for sure. It is a late transitional 10M (notice no 10M stamp by the serial number quite yet) and it is original lacquer. This horn is set up for a serious player, with the modifications that everybody does to these horns for better ergonomics– namely, the strap ring has been moved for better balance, and the thumb hook was replaced with a more comfortable one. Other than that the horn is stock.

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    Conn 10M Transitional Tenor Saxophone Silver Plated

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    This is a silver Conn Transitional 10M Tenor Saxophone in excellent Condition with a fresh repad and flat metal resonators. This is a gorgeous horn with no dents or dings or resolders. It has split bell keys and the 10M naked lady engraving. Almost all the original silver is intact, and the horn looks gorgeous. It has just been cleaned and fully repadded by an experienced tech who does excellent padwork. The pads are MusicMedic with flat metal Conn-style resonators. The split bell keys transitionals are the best of the Conn tenors by all accounts, and this horn is no exception. It has a HUGE tone that is warm and will fill up a room effortlessly.

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    Conn 12M Baritone 236xxx from 1930 All New Pads

    This is a BEAST of a Conn 12M baritone from the super-desirable Mulligan / Carney prewar 12M years. (This one is 1930.)  This had a recent repad by Matt Stohrer and plays great.

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    Conn 12M Baritone Original Silver Plate 279xxx

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    Conn 12M Baritone Saxophone 262768

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    Conn 12M Baritone Saxophone 314xxx Rare Nickel Plate

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    This is probably the rarest saxophone on GetASax.com at present. It is a 12M baritone with rolled tone holes, which is rare enough. But this one is in original nickel plate. I have never heard of another nickel plated baritone in this serial range. On top of that, almost every nickel plated Conn has no engraving, and this one has the full regular 12M engraving on it. It may be one-of-a-kind. On top of that, people who have played a lot of Conn saxophones know that the nickel plated ones are special. They have more power and ‘bark’ to the tone than any other Conn. It is pro-quality in every way and should satisfy any bari enthusiast looking for the best possible vintage tone. The tone is huge, warm, spread, and powerful. This horn will burn all the way up into the palm keys without losing the fatness in the tone.

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    Conn 12M Pre War Mulligan-era Transitional Baritone Saxophone 256716 Old Pads

    This Conn 12M, if it were a dog, would be a grey-muzzled golden retriever waiting for you on the porch.  Its seen better days, sure, but it’s got a lot of life and a lot of love left to give. If it were a car, it’s an ancient Oldsmobile, with windows down and 8 track blaring on a summer day.  Maybe the belt squeals a bit and maybe it takes a few cranks to start on a cold day, but its been doing that for years and its never let you down.

    So yes, this 12M may be rather unsalubrious especially in the mighty company of a lot of the rare and special saxes here at GetASax, and perhaps some less scrupulous sellers might refer to it as a “player’s horn”, but I’m gonna tell you what it is: it’s kind of a beater.  But it’s got some fight left, and by golly, it’s got tone to spare. This sax has various and numerous dents, dings, resolders, and the neck looks like it got pulled down and possibly a bit sideways as well at some point. But it’s also got all its parts! And it’s mostly straight where its suppose to be, and mostly curved where its supposed to be.  And it makes some saxophone noises- big ones. And it’s a freaking Conn 12M transitional and it sounds like one, at least down to low D or so because it needs some padwork. But its cheap, as far as vintage Conn baritones go, and even after some repairs to get it playable you’ll still be coming in at you-got-a-12m-transitional-for-what??? as far as total investment goes.  And have I mentioned its a Conn 12M transitional, just like Gerry Mulligan played? And like that grey-muzzled golden, it won’t even complain when you take it to the vet, because it’s been around long enough to know that means love. And that’s all this horn needs- someone to love it, someone to care, someone to play it. Because it’s got plenty of music left in it.

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    Conn 12M Transitional Baritone from 1935 Original Lacquer

    Nothing sounds like a Conn.

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    Conn 12M Transitional Baritone Nickel 235xxx Great Deal!

    This is a BEAST of a Conn 12M baritone from the super-desirable Mulligan / Carney prewar 12M years. (This one is 1930.)  The pads are all new, and this thing just screams on them.

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    Conn 12M Transitional Baritone Original Lacquer Excellent Condition Neck Extension – Tunes Great! 267059

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    Conn 12M Transitional Baritone Saxophone 249xxx Fresh Repad

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    This is a good example of a Conn transitional 12M baritone saxophone. It has just gotten a fresh repad done by Matt Stohrer and it plays really well. For the repad, Matt used precision pads and screw in (reusable) domed brass resonators (which cost $100 themselves!). It feels very snappy under the fingers and plays effortlessly throughout the range of the instrument. I can’t seem to keep one of these around, however hard I try. Probably because they are just incredible horns with a huge, warm, rich tone that is really impossible to get on any other horn. Check out Gerry Mulligan or Harry Carney, or a host of modern players if you want to see what this horn can do. It’s also a very light horn, and feels much more like a tenor than a baritone in your hands (or around your neck!!).

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    Conn 16M Tenor Saxophone Shooting Stars Playable on Current Pads 826891

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    Conn 26M Alto Connqueror from 1937 Near Mint 30M-style Neck Warranty Card!

    This is the nicest 26M that I have ever had for sale, It is the most desirable version with the very rare 30M-style neck. Original lacquer, no past repairs, no damage, original pads, original warranty card! For the Conn-enthusiast (and I am one big time) this horn gets those dopamine receptors firing at full strength.

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    Conn 26M Connqueror Alto 271xxx

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    Conn 26M Connqueror Alto 281xxx Near Mint Original

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    This is a gorgeous example of a Conn 26M alto that still has its original pads intact from the factory about 80 years ago! You could check yard sales, pawn shops, and local music stores for the rest of your life, and you would likely never come across something this rare, this nice, and this cool. The 26M is the pinnacle of saxophone manufacturing in the United States. It is the most deluxe saxophone ever made by the most highly-skilled craftsmen to have put their hand to this craft. The tone is just excellent. Rich, warm, focused, powerful, and flexible. The ergonomics are actually very modern and great, and they have their own kind of logic that helps you play really fast as you get used to it. Intonation is great too, and these horns are very mouthpiece-friendly. (I like Meyers, Brilharts, and Otto Links on these, of vintage mpcs, and there are many modern options as well.)

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    Conn 26M Connqueror Alto Original Silver!

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    This is only one of only two original silver plated Conn 26M altos that I have ever seen. Most silver Connquerors were replated back in the 90’s and early 2000’s. This one is the real deal. It has just received a full overhaul done by saxophone repair maestro Aaron Barnard.

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    Conn 26M Connqueror Alto Saxophone 271xxx BIG Conn tone!

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    Well, here is a horn that is super-incredibly-vanishingly rare. It’s a transitional Conn 8M C Melody. For those of us who care about the C Melody saxophone, this gets our blood pumping. There are only a handful of these horns out there, in all likelihood, and this one has to be one of the nicest, because it’s in virtually mint condition including the original case.

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    Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto 298xxx Original

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    The Conn Connqueror is the most super-deluxe saxophone model that Conn ever produced, and is at least a strong contender for the pinnacle of American saxophone manufacturing. Desired by players and collectors alike, these rare saxophones come up for sale only infrequently. This particular horn is a time capsule that was discovered sitting across two rafters in an attic in Tennessee, just before an ancient farm house was torn down. In his haste to see what was inside, the excited person who found the case broke the latches. I am told that they can be fixed if you wanted to restore the case, which is in otherwise great shape. This sax had been waiting patiently up there as the decades flowed by in the rooms underneath, people moving in and out, children growing up and having their own children, until finally it was found. It is in totally original condition, with all the factory setup intact, including all the factory pads.

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    Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto Saxophone 295759 Pre-War Original Lacquer Excellent Condition

    This is a rare and beautiful Conn 26M “Connqueror” alto saxophone, from one of the last pre-war batches, with the “VIII” stamp on both the body and the neck.  This saxophone sports what is arguably the finest craftsmanship of any model of saxophone ever made, with sterling silver key touches on the Eb/C cluster, the side F#, the side Bb-C-E keys, and the palm keys.  The mechanism is complex but extremely well thought-out, and a meticulous and thoughtful repairer can overhaul these so that they last for a decade or more per overhaul with only minor adjustments to the perma-just feet over time- just as Conn intended.  These saxophones are also beautiful, with a particularly elaborate version of the famous “naked lady” found on Conn 6M/10M saxophones on the bell.

    This particular instrument is in extremely good condition with original finish.  The engraving, which is very detailed and is particularly dense, is a good indicator of how much use these saxophones have seen, with the lacquer around the cuts tending to be the first to wear on the saxophone.  The lacquer around the engraving on this saxophone is fully intact, which combined with only light evidence of playing wear elsewhere on the horn- such as small bit of lacquer wear near the thumbrest about the size of a pea, and some small scratches here and there- leads me to believe this saxophone was played for at least a few years by a meticulous and caring owner.  The neck is in excellent condition, showing no evidence of past repair or pulldown.


    The rollers are fully intact and in perfect condition, and the pearls and sterling silver touchpieces are largely unworn.  The keys are tight and the horn plays well on what seems to be an older repad, though the it looks to have been played little and/or taken very good care of since the repad.  The neck and body are both marked with the VIII stamp, which is viewed as the most desirable of the pre-war M series saxophones, although theories vary widely as to what exactly the VIII stamp means, the most popular of which being that the neck had a slightly different taper that intonates better.  The microtuner on the is fully functional, leak-free, and smooth. The body shows so evidence of past damage or major repairs/resolders of any kind.

    All in all, this is a beautiful and rare saxophone in uncommonly fine condition, with a unique mechanism and design that took extreme skill to manufacture- skill that only really existed for a short time, at Conn in the 1930s.  They didn’t make many of these, and there probably won’t be anything like them ever made again.

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    Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Excellent Condition Old Pads 304661

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    Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto Saxophone Pre War Original Lacquer Very Good Condition

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    Conn 30M Connqueror Tenor 275xxx

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    Conn 30M Connqueror Tenor Gold-Plated Fully Engraved

    Crazy fully-engraved GOLD plated Conn 30M tenor artist-owned. Only one available! Includes a primo Hiscox case also.

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    Conn 30M Connqueror Tenor Saxophone 306xxx

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    As I’m sure you know, the 30M was the top of the line saxophone that was made by CG Conn. It’s everything you like about a 10M, but more so. It has rolled tone holes, and everything that your hands touch is either pearl or solid silver. This is a very clean saxophone, with no dents or dings anywhere. There are no resolders either. There are no past repairs that I can see. The original neck has not been pulled down. It has had a pickup removed by TenorMadness. They are the best in the world, and this neck is now 100% good as new. The repair is so perfect that it matches the neck inside and out 100%. See the pictures below. The original lacquer is almost all present. It has really nice elaborate engraving. There is almost no lacquer wear on the bell.

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    Conn 30M Connqueror Tenor Saxophone Junky but Plays

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    This is a Conn 30M tenor that actually plays on its older pads, (which, by the way, appear to have a set of desirable Selmer Tone-x domed metal resonators on them) but which has definitely been around the block. It has had numerous posts resoldered, and it has been relacquered. If you’re wanting a 30M in the best serial number range (291xxx) at a low price, this is it, but it will need some major love as well, if you want it to play its best.

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    Conn 30M Original Pads Original Lacquer Nicest I have seen – Mint!

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    Conn 30M Tenor Connqueror Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul Great!

    This is among the nicest 30M’s that I have had for sale in a long time! It has a fresh high-end overhaul! There is nothing like a Conn 30M for beauty, build quality, and a big, powerful Jazz Era tone. In my opinion, if you can get a nice vintage Conn to play, you should.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Near Mint Original with Matt Stohrer Overhaul!

    This is among the nicest 30M’s that I have seen. It came in with original pads from almost 75 years ago, and after a full overhaul by Matt Stohrer, it turned out to be an outstanding player. There is nothing like a Conn 30M for beauty, build quality, and a big, powerful Jazz Era tone. And despite what you may think, the keywork on a 10M/30M is actually very fast when properly setup. In my opinion, if you can get a nice vintage Conn to play, you should.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Sax

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone 274xxx

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    This is a nice early 30M Tenor Saxophone with a fresh overhaul done by Aaron Barnard. Aaron used pisoni premium pads and TenorMadness domed metal resonators, and the horn feels very good under the fingers, and plays GREAT with a big 30M sound. This horn has been relacquered gently at some point. Note that the engraving still looks very good. There is no sign of heavy buffing anywhere on the instrument, and all of the rolled tone holes look just like they would on an original lacquer Conn. This should be a great deal for someone who wants the best vintage Conn 10M/30M tone for the money.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone 274xxx Original and Nice!

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    The Conn 30M is the most super-deluxe saxophone model that Conn ever produced, and is at least a strong contender for the pinnacle of American saxophone manufacturing. Desired by players and collectors alike, these rare saxophones come up for sale only infrequently. This particular horn has a recent overhaul (not sure who did it), and the work feels good under the fingers. The pads are in excellent shape and have not been played much. The tone is classic 10M/30M Conn, which, if you have never played one, is hard to describe, but is big, dark, full, complex, with power when necessary, but easy to play softly as well. More focused than an older Conn, but more spread than any modern horn, able to fill a room easily. Dexter Gordon got his signature tone first of all by being Dexter Gordon, but his Conn 30M (and sometimes 10M) together with a vintage Dukoff Hollywood helped quite a bit.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone 279xxx Overhauled!

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    The Conn 30M is the most super-deluxe saxophone model that Conn ever produced, and is at least a strong contender for the pinnacle of American saxophone manufacturing. Desired by players and collectors alike, these rare saxophones come up for sale only infrequently. This particular horn has a recent overhaul, and the work feels good under the fingers. The neck is from a later Conn but it is the correct bore, done by master saxophone repairman Aaron Barnard. The tone is classic 10M/30M Conn, which, if you have never played one, is hard to describe, but is big, dark, full, complex, with power when necessary, but easy to play softly as well. More focused than an older Conn, but more spread than any modern horn, able to fill a room easily. Dexter Gordon got his signature tone first of all by being Dexter Gordon, but his Conn 30M (and sometimes 10M) together with a vintage Dukoff Hollywood helped quite a bit.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone 292xxx Mint

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    This is easily the nicest 30M that I have ever seen. It’s in mint/near mint condition and is SN# 292xxx. It’s original lacquer, of course, and it has all of its bits and bobs intact. The pads have hardly been played on since they were replaced, but I am told that this was around 25 years ago. It comes in the original case, which looks as good as the horn itself.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone 306xxx

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    The Conn 30M is the most super-deluxe saxophone model that Conn ever produced, and is at least a strong contender for the pinnacle of American saxophone manufacturing. Desired by players and collectors alike, these rare saxophones come up for sale only infrequently. There are no past repairs at all on this horn. The original neck is perfect, there were no dents removed, no resolders. It’s one of the cleanest vintage Conns that I have seen. It is original lacquer, aged to a dark molasses color, and there is barely any play wear to speak of either. The keywork is perfectly tight, and everything is just as it should be. Comparing it to an original factory setup 30M I have in the closet, I would say that this horn is just as it should be, or even better.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone 306xxx Original Lacquer

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    The Conn 30M is the most super-deluxe saxophone model that Conn ever produced, and is at least a strong contender for the pinnacle of American saxophone manufacturing. Desired by players and collectors alike, these rare saxophones come up for sale only infrequently. This particular horn has a recent overhaul, and the work feels good under the fingers. The tone is classic 10M/30M Conn, which, if you have never played one, is hard to describe, but is big, dark, full, complex, with power when necessary, but easy to play softly as well. More focused than an older Conn, but more spread than any modern horn, able to fill a room easily. Dexter Gordon got his signature tone first of all by being Dexter Gordon, but his Conn 30M (and sometimes 10M) together with a vintage Dukoff Hollywood helped quite a bit.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone 307403

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone in Silver

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    This is a rare Conn 30M Tenor saxophone in silver plate. It has the special engraving that only the silver plated 30M’s have, which is different from either of the two main patterns that the lacquered 30M’s had (pre and post 285xxx approximately). One big difference with the plated ones is the multiple pentagons above the lady engraving. I got this horn from the original owner, who lives just outside Elkhart, IN, whose wife special-ordered it from Conn. I have seen other unusual, special ordered Conns that had no serial number, and this one fits that bill. There is no stamp at all under the thumb hook, and no sign of anything having been there. Cosmetically, virtually all of the original silver is intact. This horn needs a full overhaul and is currently waiting in line for one by Matt Stohrer.

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    Conn 30M Tenor Saxophone Mint Original 298xxx

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    This is among the nicest 30M’s that I have seen. It came in with original pads from almost 75 years ago, and after a full overhaul, it turned out to be an excellent player. There is nothing like a Conn 30M for beauty, build quality, and a big, powerful Jazz Era tone. And despite what you may think, the keywork on a 10M/30M is actually very fast when properly setup. In my opinion, if you can get a nice vintage Conn to play, you should. This horn pre-sold off our wait list, like many horns that come in.

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    Conn 6M ‘Transitional’ Alto Original Silver Plate Stohrer Overhaul!

    Super example of a golden age Conn alto with a fresh Matt Stohrer overhaul.

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    Conn 6M ‘transitional’ Alto Saxophone from 1934

    Wow, this is a clean, first year Conn 6M alto in outstanding original condition. If you have been looking for one of these to buy and get repadded, this would be very hard to beat. It’s super clean, beautiful, and undamaged. Nearly pristine. Grab it now, including the beautiful original case. Add a BAM Softpack to keep it safe in shipping, and I’ll give you a 25% discount on the case.

    I personally play an alto much like this one, and this is in my opinion the best vintage for Conn altos. They play bigger and take the lead alto role more readily than any other vintage alto bar none. And Conn saxophones remain the saxophones with the best reliability and build quality ever. Email if you have any specific questions about this horn. I’d love to talk to you.

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    Conn 6M Alto 6M VIII 304xxx

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    This is a Conn 6M VIII alto saxophone SN# 304xxx (1942) with the VIII stamp on both body and neck. Although it looks like original lacquer, it is a well done relacquer job that managed to preserve virtually all of the original engraving, including the fine details. There is no evidence of heavy buffing and all of the tone holes look good as well. The 6M alto has a great tone – big, warm, powerful, but without being out of control. You can fill a room easily, but the tone also still stays under control if you want it to, moreso than the earlier Conn altos. The 6M’s also have excellent intonation and can even work for classical playing. But they are built for jazz and big band, with the fastest keywork of any saxophone and a tone that really suits the 40’s vibe.

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    Conn 6M Alto Gold Saxophone 253773

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    Conn 6M Alto Near Mint Original Lacquer 320xxx

    This is a beautiful, all original 6M alto. It has nearly all of its original lacquer intact, and it even still has its original pads from 1947, making it just about as near to buying a new Conn alto as one could hope for. The serial is 320xxx which means it still has rolled tone holes. It is a gorgeous horn and is structurally very clean. This horn will play a bit on the current older pads. It is collectible like this, or with an overhaul, it would play HUGE.

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    Conn 6M Alto Near Mint Silver 268xxx

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    This is one of the most beautiful Conn alto styles from the best serial range for Conn altos. It is technically a late late transitional 6M, but I have a copy of the original sales receipt from the original owner, and it was actually sold as a 6M back in the early 1930’s. This horn has been well taken care of. It has no dents and no resolders. The original neck is perfect as well. It currently has old pads and it will need a repad. It plays enough now for me to describe the tone– It’s huge, powerful, and will easily fill up a room. This is a great lead alto for jazz, though I have also heard people swear by these for classical repertoire as well. This horn should make somebody pretty happy. It ships in the original case which is in excellent condition. 

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    Conn 6M Alto Near Mint Silver 268xxx

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    Conn 6M Alto Saxophone Near Mint Original Silver Plate Ser# 268xxx This is one of the most beautiful Conn alto styles from the best serial range for Conn altos. It is technically a late late transitional 6M, but I have a copy of the original sales receipt from the original owner, and it was actually sold as a 6M back in the early 1930’s. This horn has been well taken care of. It’s huge, powerful, and will easily fill up a room. This is a great lead alto for jazz, though I have also heard people swear by these for classical repertoire as well. It’s hard to be the slickness of the 6M keywork. The intonation is excellent as well. So for less than the price of a used Yamaha, you’re getting one of the best saxophones ever made, and certainly one of the very best ever made in the USA.

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    Conn 6M Alto Saxophone Fresh Overhaul Early Example!

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    Conn 6M Alto Saxophone Near Mint + Overhauled Early Example!

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    This is one of the most pristine original Conn saxophones that I have seen. It comes freshly overhauled and in its matching original case. If you have been waiting for an even-more-beautiful-than-usual vintage Conn alto, this is it. It’s also collectible. It is one of the best surviving examples from the very first batch of the 6M “Artist” model Conns, which started at SN#250203, making this (#250243) the 40th one ever!

     

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    Conn 6M Alto Saxophone Silver 277xxx

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    This is a pristine, early silver Conn 6M alto saxophone. It has the rare “Metro” stamp on the body, which is probably something like the VIII stamp that came later to distinguish the best horns. The Conn 6M is probably the alto with the fastest keywork of anything made so far. The ergonomics are great, and you get faster as you get more and more used to them. The tone is huge. You can blow down walls if you want, or play softly and sweetly like a 30’s big band alto player. These horns have great intonation too, so you can even use them for classical if your teacher is open-minded!

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    Conn 6M Alto Transitional 250xxx Great Deal!

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    This is an early 6M-style transitional Conn alto. It is pretty unusual to see same side bell keys this early. This is the earliest non-experimental 6M-style horn that I have seen. Notice also that the left hand pinky cluster is also fully 6M style! Also the rare “1/2 New York neck” (a freshly coined term=no microtuner, but octave key on the bottom), and single wire bell key guard. Pretty cool. These horns are perhaps the most desirable Conn altos for tone, with a bigger and even warmer sound than the later 6M’s but with the fast 6M keywork that everybody loves. This horn can easily fill a room, but it also has a straight-ahead and somewhat focused sound that allows you to keep it under control quite well if you want to. The previous owner used this for classical saxophone, and it does do that well, believe it or not. The intonation is good as well. There’s a reason why people love these transitional altos so much – because they’re great!

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    Conn 6M Alto Transitional 257xxx Silver Mint

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    This is a mint, extremely early, fully 6M-style transitional silver Conn alto. This is the nicest one that I have seen. All that it needs is a repad. It also has the M neck that seems to play the best of all of the transitional necks, and may be equivalent to the VIII necks of later years.