Just fully overhauled! This saxophone restoration was a labor of love, and included not only a complete mechanical overhaul, but also fabricating keywork to fit the added high E and F that this saxophone has. It also got a re-shaped high F key touch and G# key touch, as well as a custom made front F mechanism. All of the custom keywork was also gold plated to match the horn, and it all looks great! The overhaul was the standard high-end job, including a thorough cleaning, gentle hand polish, new oil, all new pads, felts, cork, thorough setup, a beautiful set of custom made TenorMadness slightly domed brass reusable resonators, medium sized, and a careful neck fit, so the neck seals just right in the receiver (which is important on any saxophone, but isn’t always done.). So all that work was definitely a big job, and took several months, but really this horn deserved it. It’s one of the most beautiful saxophones of any kind that I have seen, and it really needed to be put into top condition.
The result is glorious! It feels great under the fingers – dry and snappy like a new sax. The low register response is effortless. Upper register pops out. The intonation is pretty good, but not perfect. With my large chamber mouthpieces, it tunes quite well at low, middle and high Bb, with the usual quirks here and there – middle D is sharp, octave A is sharp etc. You can adjust your throat and get used to it just fine. And the full, warm, spread, lush tone that you get makes it totally worth it! There’s nothing like a Conn baritone for sound. That’s why pros still covet these instruments so highly, so many years later.
It would be hard to find a nicer Conn baritone than this. The thick burnished gold that Conn used is a different color than I experience in any other part of daily life. It glows! And the engraving on this baritone is the most delicate and tasteful that I have seen. This is as good as it gets for Conn engraving quality. Some engraving is just decoration, but this takes it to the level of an actual art form.
There’s certainly only one available. The price including the thorough, top-shelf restoration is very reasonable. Conn baritones are in short supply, and this one is priced in the mid range despite being exceptionally nice. If you want to get it with a new BAM Hightech case for safe shipping/gigging, I’m happy to give you one at a big discount. Just message me.