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

1925 Silver Conn - New Wonder II "Chu Berry" Alto

Price: SOLD
  • Year:  1925
  • Make:  Conn
  • Model:  New Wonder II, Chu Berry
  • Status:  SOLD
  • Finish:  Original Silver Plate (+lacquer coat)
  • Serial Number: 148,xxx

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).

"It Factor" - there was something about this sax. It had THE robust chu sound. We played this up against 4 different models and eras and it was the most resonant yet still with the low-end booming and filling the room.  Maybe the #148k era is special...??!

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