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Hey all,

I recently got intrigued with the Conn "stretch" model, and wanted to give everyone some visual references for identifying them. The best one is length, so here's a photo on a measuring mat of 3 Conn sopranos and a sopranino for comparison.

The serials are from L to R:

225,000 (gold plate)
184,000 (gold plate)
184,000 (silver plate)
153,000 (lacquer)

Note that the gold 184 is about 1/8" longer than the silver plated one.

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Hi-res photo is here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OIk-NqUzfvEojerENHWqWfspWg7t9l85

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Hi-res photo is here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OLQSQbpANwVNX40VdjUgzSDewGHgZCui

Obviously there were changes in keywork. I am really curious about https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...rano-straight-gold-over-silver-226K-beautiful since Pete says it is not a stretch but has stretch keywork and the shield around the serial number. Pete, can you take a photo with a measuring tape for comparison?
 

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I have two Conn straight sopranos, one standard, one stretchy.

The standard one (SN 187xxx) measures 25 3/8 inches (64.4 cm).
The stretchy (SN 226xxx) measures 26 3/8 inches (67 cm).

The standard one has the usual small circular pearl on the Bb bis touche. On the stretchy this circular pearl touche has been replaced by a teardrop-shaped metal touche. The soprano Pete has for sale is a standard soprano, yet it seems to have this redesigned bis touche, which I have only seen on a stretchy soprano before this.
 

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The Stretch also has a slightly different octave mechanism. I wonder if the 226k non Stretch has the older octave mechanism or not?
 

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I have a 166 burnished gold and a 184 silver (circle S under the SN) Both measure 25 9/16".
Sorry the image loads sideways.
 
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