1930 Conn New Wonder II Tenor
"Chu Berry" Art Deco
Matte restoration process (current photos):
- Year: 1930
- Make: Conn
- Model: New Wonder II, Art Deco
- Status: For Sale!
- Finish: Silver Plate (not original)
- Serial Number: 243,18x
Overall, this sax is in great condition! Here's one of the most in demand Conn Tenors with the Art Deco engraving. The silver is deceiving to the eye because it could fool many people; I noticed some very hidden marks that lead me to conclude that the silver was re-plated later. I have not verified whether or not this was silver to begin with. I am willing to discuss with you more about that under a more detailed inspection. (During the rebuild, I expect to find more clues.) Two resolders to mention, Eb trill guard and the low C guard. The only complicated fix for me to handle is the E-rod-brace (this is in the center of the E3 span). I'm happy to discuss options with you. I'll fix this sax up with a vintage rebuild and make it sing for the above price.
ERGOS: Late-era Chu with the tilted E3 lever on the side (a plus!). Most people will find these "old" and "awkward", however, you'll find many Conn lovers who would never trade their Chu for a Selmer (tone preferences).
SOUND: Expect a huge, robust Conn tone with the early "smoke" of a true vintage sax.
REBUILD: True Restoration to the cosmetic finish. Rebuild planned with White Roo pads and upgraded resonators. (This extra love prompts me to seek a proper case upgrade.)
CASE: Original, old, wood Case in good usable shape. ***I might be seeking a New Upgrade to match the rebuild work.