This is a chance to get a great deal on a Conn 10M tenor. Why is it so cheap?
- 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.
- It needs an overhaul. It has Conn factory pads – probably from the early 50’s
- 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.
Only one available!