Monthly Archives: June 2016

Buescher 1927 ‘Tipped-Bell’ Bb Soprano, #204k (Archived)

SOLD - the ultra rate Tipped Bell, in original silver plate. Ser#204k has the pearl G#. It does have a little bend in the bell lip that i will round back out AND gold plate the interior. There is no major damage to mention, only one small ding that I will smooth out too. There is normal wear and tear on the arm tips and edges, and 2-3 zones up the tube that are showing the brass. Also in the original case! Super cool!
The bell lip look bent from the case (drop...sad), but I'll smooth that out more and goldplate a wash in there.

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Conn 1932 ‘New Wonder II/6M Transitional’ Eb Alto, Nickel #249k (Archived)

SOLD - Serial #249,xxx... ULTRA RARE example in original Nickel plating! 93% intact! ("Finish model #61" via Saxpics.com) ***think about it, "silver" look without the tarnish to clean!*** This is an early transitional model, and true example at that with flat-Chu G#, neck tuner, even the Eb trill key like the Chu!... The sax is in great condition, and will need a full rebuild to enjoy! We will do that for the price included, AND remove all the red brass you can see on the edge touches. Currently paired with a vintage hard case in good, usable shape. it doesn't look like a vintage Conn case, but you never know with a "transitional".

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Conn 1931 ‘New Wonder II – “Chu Berry”‘ Eb Alto, Art Deco-custom #244k

$1449.00 - Ser # 244,xxx, a 1931 model. Another Great "Chu" with Art Deco engraving, nailfile G#, rolled tone holes, tuning neck, everything we love. It has been very nicely relacquered and looks nice and vintage (see pics). I repaded it, with a Conn-style, standard repad (aka, a vintage rebuild). Sarge decided to send it off to Sherry Huntley and have it re-engraved to make this Deco-style bell really pop out (also secretly adding Silver on the engraving for blend/pop). Classic vintage Conn hard case included.

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Conn 1928 ‘New Wonder II – “Chu Berry”‘ Eb Alto, Nickel, MINT #211k (Archived)

SOLD - This is a ONE-OWNER horn that I'm excited to see so loved. It arrived in Original white pads, no resos. (I should make a sound file of this vs another Chu for "Era Comparisons" and the importance of resonators) The Ser.# m211,xxx dates to 1928. Excellent condition--98% Nickel-plating, "Chu" with nailfile G#, rolled tone holes, tuning neck, everything we love. Original nickel plate in very nice overall condition. 2-3 areas of nickel flaking (neck, side Bb...), there were 4-6 dings on arrival that I helped with, burnished them back out(mostly). One small one still on the neck, and lower bow. original case in great shape. COLLECTOR SET: Comes with Original Conn Eagle Mouthpiece, ligature and nickel cap! Item #: WWS1W.5W0.5261.6-28

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Conn 1930 ‘New Wonder II – “Chu Berry”‘ Eb Alto, Gold #234k (Archived)

SOLD - Ser.# m234,xxx dates to 1930. Excellent condition "Chu" with nailfile G#, rolled tone holes, tuning neck, Goldwash bell, everything we love. Original gold plate and Satin gold highlights model, in very nice overall condition. Now, if you've never played a Chu, they are stunningly powerful altos...big fat sound top to bottom. Ergos are not that great, but I know a lot of players that play them in spite of the 20's design and would never switch to a Selmer. I will repad it, with a Conn-style, french standard repad. Pairing an original old Conn case to go with it.

Item #: WWS5.0S0.411.6-C16

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Buescher 1949 ‘Aristocrat II – Big B’ Eb Alto, #328k (Archived)

SOLD - Serial number 328k, model 140. This is a good looking Original lacquer Buescher that show signs of use but not wild abuse. This one has the exponential bore, but retain the sweetness of the earlier models. (pics are before rebuild and burnishing) They are versatile, warm sounding, comfortable playing altos, with better intonation than most, even including Selmers. we will burnish out any dents, just a few in the bow. All but one (high F) of the original snap-in system is intact, so I plan to do a complete "Original Buescher" style rebuild, with metal backed-press in pads and then snap in the original metal domes. It comes with a 1970s, non-original case is good working order...

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Conn 1925 ‘New Wonder II – “Chu Berry”‘ Eb Alto, Silver #148k

$1469.00 - Ser.# m148,xxx dates to 1925. Physically in Excellent condition, this "Chu", nailfile G#, rolled tone holes, tuning neck, Goldwash bell, everything we love, will be a great one. Original Silver plate and Satin Silver highlights model, in very nice overall condition. There is clear lacquer coat over the silver that is flaky off and can/should be removed during the rebuild (included). Now, if you've never played a Chu, they are stunningly powerful altos...big fat sound top to bottom. Ergos are not that great, but I know a lot of players that play them in spite of the 20's design and would never switch to a Selmer. I will repad it, with a Conn-style, french standard repad (aka, a vintage rebuild, a 899.00 rebuild+lacquer stripping).

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Conn 1923 ‘New Wonder I’ Eb Alto, Gold plate Artist Full Naked Lady (in water) #117k (Archived)

SOLD - Ser.# 117,xxx dates to 1923. There appears to be silver inlay on the field and the lady's towel. There is some normal wear on the side/palm keys and other common areas. I am considering how much to re-Gold but it looks ok as it--just played mostly worn into the silver; these Artist models always deserve replating work though. These are great lookers and I'm always compelled to make it as pretty as I can. Ergos are not that great, but i know a lot of players that play them in spite of the 20's design and would never switch to a Selmer. Tone-wise...these are warmer than the later Chu era Conn's and bring a full warmth to the sound. Comes in a newer (still old) TRI-PACK case that still has the clarinet 'zone', and flute case elastic straps where a whole flute case might fit in there! I'd have to check again. It's all in sturdy condition. (For shipping it's a Tenor size) I will repad it, with a Conn-style, French standard repad (aka, a vintage rebuild, a 899.00 rebuild).

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