For sale is a completely original Conn New Wonder silver plated Bb bass saxophone!
This is a prime golden era Conn serial #100,xxx with glorious drawn rolled tone holes!
This saxophone has just come out of the repair shop and has undergone an extensive restoration process from a top notch tech.
This bass has been completely broken down and washed to the bone, cleaned polished n creamed, any major dents were taken out, problems addressed and totally rebuilt with full setup!
The repair process was a lengthy and extensive process that cost a pretty penny.
Conn made the best bass saxophones ever produced that are now highly sought after pieces. In particular these drawn rolled tone hole bass saxophones are some of the coolest, most desirable and collectible vintage horns out there.
Early era Conn Bass saxophones have straight tone holes, then later the rolled tone holes were introduced, however when initially introduced they were only soldered onto the body.
These soldered rolled tone holes were soft soldered onto the body. Being soft solder only has a 90 year old or so shelf life and all of those horns are now 100+ years old they are deteriorating creating leak points and problems.
The final transformation was drawn rolled tone holes which were actually drawn and pulled directly from the body it self. The body is 1x total rock solid piece of heavy metal with the rolled tone holes drawn from the body piece itself!
Hands down when it comes to the Conn bass market players and collectors are both looking for the golden era drawn rolled tone hole models like this horn and is a huge selling factor.
These bass Conn's rarely pop up. When they do pop up from time to time typically they are straight tone hole, earlier models that are just less desirable.
If you do find a Conn bass more times then none they are in a totally trashed and thrashed condition needing full restoration, possibly relacquered, possibly missing parts, problem child horns, etc.
This saxophones is in completely original condition with gorgeous silk and satin factory silver plate with beautiful factory engravings, gold wash bell, original neck & even the original case!
The original case is in need of total restoration. Its amazing that the original purple lined case is still with the horn, but its truly falling apart. The case is literally falling apart at the seems and will not be usable to walk around with the sax. For shipping purpose's the case will make a good outside woodshell to protect it in addition to bubble wrap and other materials, but once again the case is a mess.
While this is a very rare and special horn this sax is being sold as used and as a 100 year old piece of metal has its fair share of scratches, knicks, dings, fleabites, metal wear, tarnish marks, engraving wear, repair marks, and other anomalies associated with such an old antique.
Please check pictures #8-12. Directly above the Conn engraving an be seen an old school inventory number lightly engraved. That same #105 can be seen lightly engraved into the side of the neck in picture #12.
Also worth noting directly through the "Conn" brand name on the engraving there is some strong scratch marks or marring. Looking at where this position is at I would guess that would be from positioning the bass sax on and off a sax stand.
This saxophone is huge, the case is even bigger and the box that fits everything is massive! We have the proper box & shipping supplies to ship this with UPS, however local pickup is highly encouraged on this one.
Any prospective buyers not locally picking up rather receiving the shipped horn should have proper expectations upfront that theres a great chance the horn probably will need a leak job setup after shipment. Its just such a large, heavy & massive piece with so many working parts its hard to imagine the setup stays exactly as it sits now.
No mouthpiece is included in the sale. A true bass mouthpiece & bass reed is recommended and makes a big difference to fill up the horn over a baritone piece.
The horn is currently playing top to bottom and playing to perfection. All the action has just the right touch. The key work is oiled and light to the touch, yet clamping down hard and firm with ease. The horn is surprisingly easy to play low B and low Bb!
Its not everyday a horn like this comes around. This is a turn key bass sax that functions great and looks amazing in the hands.
If you have been thinking about investing in a bass sax this horn is a great piece so please buy and pay confidently!