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by PetterJhon
(2 posts)
2 months ago

Vintage saxophone pitching?

Hello everyone,,,
I'm thinking of buying a curved soprano from a bandmate. It's a Conn 32XXX serial number, "New Invention" model, which dates it to roughly 1914/15-ish. Beautiful condition, plays great, and a really cool piece of saxophone history.

Since A-440 wasn't standard for instruments during that time I'm worried that it was pitched differently, making it a neat antique but ultimately useless for playing with ensembles. It plays middle A-440 with the mouthpiece all the way pushed in and upper A-880 with the predictable amount of lipping up/down you'd expect from a soprano. Is this enough to insure that the instrument is pitched correctly or is there some other easy way to find out?

 

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  1. by historicsaxwhisperer
    (382 posts)

    2 months ago

    Re: Vintage saxophone pitching?

    A Conn saxophone in that serial range should have it marked along with  the serial number.

    L means low and A=440

    H means High and A=456 or somewhere in there.

    If it is a High Pitch, it will always sound out of tune.

    If it is an L, a horn of that vintage will have its quirks, but in general will be in tune.

     

    The new invention horns are quite rare. They were just made for a couple years.

    Good Luck

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  2. by PetterJhon
    (2 posts)

    2 months ago

    Re: Vintage saxophone pitching?

    Hello everyone,,,

    I'm thinking of buying a curved soprano from a bandmate. It's a Conn 32XXX serial number, "New Invention" model, which dates it to roughly 1914/15-ish. Beautiful condition, plays great, and a really cool piece of saxophone history.

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    Since A-440 wasn't standard for instruments during that time I'm worried that it was pitched differently, making it a neat antique but ultimately useless for playing with ensembles. It plays middle A-440 with the mouthpiece all the way pushed in and upper A-880 with the predictable amount of lipping up/down you'd expect from a soprano. Is this enough to insure that the instrument is pitched correctly or is there some other easy way to find out?

    Thank you my issue has been solved,...

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