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I got an old saxophone from a guy at work and i want to see what it is worth, the engraving was pretty hard to read, but i managed to get some info from it.

Patd. Dec 8, 1914
1119954
C
78005
L

from what ive read it is a concert saxophone with a low pitch

i dont really know anything about it at all or any other saxophone, any info or help would be greatly appreciated and it seems that a lot of you know youre stuff pretty well. thanks!

I can send some pictures if it would help.
 

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That is an early (1921/22) era Conn New Wonder Series I C-Melody. The first, patent number is for the William Haynes Drawn Tone Hole process, the "C" is Conn's catalog symbol for C-Melody, the 78xxx # is the serial number, and the "L" stands for Low Pitch.

Since it is a Tenor in C, monetary and practical worth is on the low side. Generally, most saxophonists today prefer the New Wonder Series II (nicknamed "Chu Berry" after the famed Tenorman of the 1930's Leon "Chu or Chew" Berry) among that model series too.

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Price would depend on the finish and condition (obviously a Silver plate in fine condition, elaborate "artist" engraving etc. would add value), but as I mentioned these are not tremendously desired and regularly come up on Ebay, Craigslist, Shopgoodwill etc. for around a couple of hundred MAX for fine condition examples.
 

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It looks like it's in fair to pretty good condition based on your pictures. They're nice horns, but c-melodies are short of the black-sheep of the saxophone world. You'll see dealers try and sell them for hundred and hundred of dollars, but in reality, you're looking at a horn which might go for a couple hundred.
 

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If you wanted to sell it right now, I would say $100, would be a decent idea depending on playing condition. If it plays very well, and you can shine it up. Then I would say maybe up to $400. My estimate may be alittle high. Nice horn though.
 

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Straight neck , micro-tuner and silverplate will help with value around $250 on a good day up to $350 if the bidding is good but closer to $200
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