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Reading your story I think of two things.

1) You may be hanging the horn too low and without realizing it, trying to lift it up with your right hand. I had this happen one night when I had just gotten my bass sax and I didn't have the harness adjustment sorted out.

Your comment about needing to make your strap longer than with a Keilwerth/Couf does not ring accurate to me, as all my Conn saxes tend to require very short straps. However, the long neck and low Bb shape of the Conn are very different than the short neck and low A shape of your other horn. It may take you a while to get the positioning just right.

My own Conn has a little plate added to the octave key because when it's adjusted correctly the neck is turned quite a bit.

2) The keywork may need adjusting, cleaning, removal of sources of friction, etc. You may also have leaks and be pressing harder unconsciously to overcome them.

I have played my Conn 12M since 1984. I can play as fast on it as anyone else can on their Selmer copy. The keywork is not as light, of course, as a tenor or alto, but it is reasonable. I have overall medium-size hands and I have no trouble making any of the stretches.

I doubt very much whether there is any design change between my 1946 conn and your 1958 Conn, although the execution may be different. I would definitely suggest the mechanism probably needs to be gone through. You may find it beneficial to do some mild bending of key touches where possible, to bring the keys more under your fingers. I can't think of a single saxophone where I haven't had to do a little bit of that.

Personally I prefer the key design of the Conn to those Selmer copies with the abhorrent tilting low Bb key that always seems to fall away from your finger just when you need it to be stiff and consistent in placement; plus the Selmer baritones I've played on (been a long long time now) all had such wispy keywork that the whole thing was just dozens of flexures and you never could really tell whether the key was fully depressed or not, there was so much flex and give in the mechanical chain.

Yep, Conn baritones are heavy. See above on the wispy keywork of so many of the competitors.
 

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The other thing that I will probably have fixed is that the octave key pearl is very uncomfortable, but I'm sure that can be taken care of easily
If you are referring to the little convex pearl left hand thumbrest, it's not "very uncomfortable", it's damn bloody painful! Yes, you definitely want to put something bigger and flatter there ASAP. I have cork there.

I think that when you get the horn hanging at the just-right height and angle, it will take almost all fixed load off the right hand and you will find that the keywork is not that stiff. If your right hand is full of tension because it's subconsciously trying to hold the horn up or turn it to a good position, everything there will seem stiff and hard to work, because of that tension. I predict you'll have it sorted shortly.

Welcome to the ranks of the Con(n) artists!
 
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