Conn 1925 ‘New Wonder I/Chu Berry Transitional’ Bb Tenor, Silver #166k (Archived)

1925 Silver Conn [New Wonder I/"Chu Berry" Transitional] Tenor

Price: $SOLD
  • Year:  1925
  • Make:  Conn
  • Model: New Wonder I/II - Chu Berry, Transitional
  • Status:  $SOLD
  • Finish:  Silver plate
  • Serial Number: 166,xxx

Ser.# m166,xxx. Another Wonder II (aka a "Chu") with nailfile G#, rolled tone holes, everything we love. Original Silver plate model, in good shape with about 80% remaining, no major body damage to mention either, Goldwash bell shows some heavy wear. Consider having us replate that as part of the process. This is a transitional Chu, one of the first off the line, because it has some Wonder I parts (high Eb). But it has the nailfile G# so you can be certain you get that Chu sound. Great story with this one: one owner horn! He played around the world via the cruise ships. he put stickers on the original case, which is in good shape by the way, at all the stops he had--Beijing, Hong Kong, Seattle, ...etc. This thing is covered. Too cool! Now, if you've never played a Chu, they are stunningly powerful tenors...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.  It will get a full repad, with a Conn-style, standard repad (aka, our vintage rebuild).

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