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by enohpoxas
(4 posts)
17 years ago

Trying to decipher the year for this Conn alto Sax I have for sale.

I consulted the Conn Ltd. website, but can't get a handle on the serial number system. My sax has 6 numbers, then a letter; 5 numbers, then a letter. Which is the serial number and where does it correspond to the chart???

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  1. by Dave Dix
    (421 posts)

    17 years ago

    Re: Trying to decipher the year for this Conn alto Sax I have for sale.

    Depends if its vintage or not. Early conns have a tone hole patent number then the letter A underneath (for alto ) then the serial number preceeded by the letter M then letter L underneath (H for high pitch) eg 88888888 A M 123456 L later conns have a date code before the serial eg H12345 FOR 1970 ETC Dave

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    1. by enohpoxas
      (4 posts)

      17 years ago

      Re: Trying to decipher the year for this Conn alto Sax I have for sale.

      Dave, based upon this information, I am still unable to interpret the code. Here are the numbers: 119954 C 51701 L. I am told it is and alto, but there's no "A" as you mentioned. Thanks.

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      1. by definition
        (963 posts)

        17 years ago

        Re: Trying to decipher the year for this Conn alto Sax I have for sale.

        Nope, not an alto, but a Straight neck C-melody sax(between an alto and a tenor) That is why there is a C instead of an A.

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        1. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Trying to decipher the year for this Conn alto Sax I have for sale.

          Yes definition is correct its a C melody from made in 1919. Should be around 27 inches long Dave

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        2. by enohpoxas
          (4 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Trying to decipher the year for this Conn alto Sax I have for sale.

          Thanks for this helpful information. Now, where do I go to assess its value? It's in good condition, but pads need to be replaced.

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        3. by Sax Mom
          (964 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Trying to decipher the year for this Conn alto Sax I have for sale.

          I would go to a reputable technician. Often they can do evaluations for insurance purposes.

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        4. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          16 years ago

          Re: Trying to decipher the year for this Conn alto Sax I have for sale.

          It sounds like a straight-neck Conn C Melody. If it's in good condition, the average is $300-$500. Restored and in excellent condition, they're worth $800-$1000. Even a parts horn is worth $200.

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