My 1920 does not have rth. Is there a reason? It is a c-melody if that matters.Differences in engravings:
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1919 Wonder ^ | 1920 New Wonder ^
The New Wonder gains the Art Deco Floral Engravings...
Also a huge "pseudo improvement" is the implementation of rolled tone holes on the New Wonder Series as you can see on the low Bb tone holes...
Improvements were usually introduced on alto and tenor models first. As per "saxpics" the first rolled tone holes showed up on altos in 1917, but Margaret Downie Banks has them appearing in 1919 with a 1914 patent date. It could be that prototypes showed up before 1919, and that's why saxpics has the earlier date. I have a 1920 Conn bari that does not have the rolled tone holes either.My 1920 does not have rth. Is there a reason? It is a c-melody if that matters.
You could have had them before, it's just that this particular horn wasn't ordered that way. The plain brass (yours) and nickel plated saxes were not engraved till the early 1930s.
You do find some interesting ones Bruce...Conns and mostly C Melodies can have a mixture of parts not following the serial numbers. I have a Conn gold plated C melody that is a Chu (octave lever, Nail File G#) but the serial number is from 1924. Sometimes a body is stamped with the number and not assembled until later. I suspect they had a gold plated body hanging around....
These are both silverplate... I don't have a plain brass horn....... yetYou could have had them before, it's just that this particular horn wasn't ordered that way. The plain brass (yours) and nickel plated saxes were not engraved till the early 1930s.