Conn 1932 ‘6M’ Eb Alto, Silver #251k

1932 Conn 6M "Naked Lady" Alto

  • Year:  1932
  • Make:  Conn
  • Model: 6M
  • Status:  For Sale!
  • Finish: Lacquer over silver
  • Serial Number: 251,xxx

Naked Lady Transitional era: Serial #251,xxx. These have a cult following as the first of the Naked Lady run. The body is in great overall shape. It has Rolled Tone Holes and the fine tuning neck adjuster. Other than the evidence of messy pad glue, there are no past repairs or damage to mention. What a beauty! It has the very rare, satin/shiny 'gold' finish at 60%...and lots of silver under-plating is visible. The neck is mostly silver only now.

FINISH TALK: At my first inspection, I believed this is a rare perma-gold example, obviously not gold plated -- this is a highly unusual finish that I've only known attributed to SMLs, model: Revision D (1950s). It is an odd thing to see on a Conn, but the silver is also in great shape so the dating on this research is yet to be out. Here's some extra chemical lingo from other SOTW member Paulwl: "SML Permagold did not contain gold. It was zinc dichromate (ZnCr2O7), a specialty coating for metals which can be tinted various colors besides gold. SML plated it to a layer of pure zinc, and it tended to flake rather than fade with wear (note the fading to silver on the bell rim of the tranny). Borgani was using a similar finish recently. " While he and another suggest that this could be lacquer over the top, I would need to attempt a solvent on an areas to test it. I suppose I would let the buyer choose what to do before I get too deep in that. (if you are interested enough, I will!) I appreciate the curiosity and knowledge that these guys added to this sax. And I do think that it is a lacquer now - the tell for me is that the rollers have a color change.
You are welcome to follow the SOTW discussion; I am all for informed researchers!

CASE: It arrived in old, original(?) wood case that is in good condition and functional shape--double-pack case for [metal?] clarinet.

Purchased though WWS, the $2,799.00 price includes a Vintage Conn Rebuild with flat metal resos on Prestini pads and natural cork throughout.

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Item #: WWS0S7.5S0.00.531.2-0