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Ok, the search wasn't working for me so I thought I'd ask... do you Conn-men (and women) still have the original end cap/cover for your 6M's? I know I still have mine and the tech I took it to recently to have a look at seemed a bit surprised that I still had it. Maybe most of them get lost along the way, I don't know, but 62 years is a long time (in my case). I haven't thought to check a couple other 6M's floatin' around I know locally so I thought I'd ask you guys first.

Just wondering...

**BRENT**

Edit: I shouldn't be doing math at 1:39 am... just a thought. My horn is from 1945, not '55...
 

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Still have the original end cap for my 1936 10M.
 

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Brent/MexicanDragon,

I, too, have a 1955 Conn 6M. However, I don't have the end plug, and I have never even seen one. Could you post a digital pic or two here? Perhaps I could have one made, or maybe one of the restoration dealers has them (World Wide Sax, Gayle, Tenor Madness, etc.).

Thanks,

Sax Magic
 

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I've never seen a 6M with an end plug. I doubt that the majority of these have been lost though. In general it seems that end-plugs tend to be present with vintage saxes better than 50% of the time, while they seem to be rare for 6Ms. I suspect instead that not all 6Ms came with end plugs. They may have been optional. The double socket neck design results in the receiver end of the bodytube extending past the octave linkage which an end plug is normally designed to protect. So a 6M doesn't really need an endplug.

That said, my 1950 28M constellation, which also has a double socket neck, did have a neck plug. It's probably the same as that used for a 6M.
 

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Given the large number of 6Ms out still "out there", it seems that the end plug would be a simple and prime candidate for a reproduction.

Sax Magic
 

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@Sax Magic, do you have a double socket neck on your 55? I edited my post after I realized that I did the math wrong and I have a 1945 6M-VIII, not a 55 like what was aluded to in my original post...

I'm going to try to get pics of the horn at a gig tomorrow, probably just with my phone's camera, but should be good enough.

@Chu-Jerry... thanks for the pic of your horn, but mine looks a little different. I like the fact that they silverplated the end cap as well... I wonder how much it'd cost "extra" to have that done today!?

**BRENT**
 

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Yes, the 1955 Conn 6M still has the double socket neck and the underslung octave key. According to those in the know here at SOTW, the horn is the same body and neck as your VIII model but without rolled tone holes or microtuner. I do know that mine plays great, and I love it. I would love to have someone make up a reproduction end plug. My now-deceased grandfather would have turned me one out of wood, as he did 30 years ago for my King C tenor sax. These would be easy to reproduce in metal, or especially in plastic if one had an original from which to make a mold.

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I've seen a few of the originals. They are a sleeve design that goes down over the body tenon (as the neck would) and then sticks out above that another 3/4 inch or so. It is actually kind of ugly, IMHO! If I can find a picture of one I will post it.
 

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OK, finally got my cell phone camera to work (my normal digital crapped out on me a couple weeks ago or this wouldn't have taken so long...)

Here's one on the horn


Here's one next to the neck (best quality shot I could get, sorry)


And here you go with the end cap right by the top of the horn


So... what do you guys think? It's a little different from the later constellation one. Oh, I asked the woman who's in her 70's or 80's who plays a 30's 6M-VIII (it was her brother's long ago, and she's had it for a long time, so it's been with the family). She said she's never seen one of these...

So... does anyone else have one of these? I figure it's orginial, it seems to be. I have my vintage case as well, and IIRC, there is a hole that this kind guides into that wouldn't probably touch the horn without it (with the bottom of the bell being in place in the case).

**BRENT**
 
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