Saxophone Forum

by elysse77
(5 posts)
12 months ago

Vintage saxophone pitching???

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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