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Conn 26M Connqueror Alto 271xxx

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This is a beautiful early example of a Conn Connqueror 26M alto saxophone. It has good pads in the middle of their usable life, and it plays GREAT in current condition. It is original lacquer and looks like it was owned by a meticulous person who always picked it up the same way! (I have seen this a few times, and the horns are always in great mechanical shape when someone like this owned them.) Hence, almost the only lacquer wear on the horn is there. It has all the little bits and bobs that make these top-of-the-line “Connqueror” horns special. Every key is adjustable with permadjust screws and everything you touch is either mother of pearl or solid silver. I love these saxophones – there is nothing like one when it is in full song and good adjustment. This horn was just tuned up by Matt Stohrer, and it is now really playing great. This is one of the first Connquerors made, at 271xxx, which is even before the 6M (really “Artist”) models officially start.

This horn has comfortable, fast keywork, accurate intonation, and a big, warm, fairly focused tone. These are perfect for lead alto in a big band, but they also do it all remarkably well, making it an ideal choice for someone who wants one great horn that will just sound awesome and that will make playing more fun. The Connqueror is the most deluxe saxophone ever made by Conn, and Conn seems to have reached the pinnacle of its manufacturing ability with these horns. They are quite rare – estimating 1 out of every 25 Conn saxophones was a Connqueror (which seems optimistic) there would only be about 1500 of them in existence made between SN# 270k and 307k. I hope that there are more, because they really are great, but they do not come up for sale very often. They have strong potential to continue to go up in value in years to come, just as they have been for years. If you’ve been looking for a nice, clean, original one for a while, now might be your chance. These still cost less than a new pro horn today, which is really crazy considering how superlative they are in every way.

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Dimensions 26 × 14 × 8 in

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