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Hi
I have what I think is a New World Alto it has the serial no
A 123472 L. I would like some help on proper identification and a guide to how much to sell it for as I no longer play. I am based in the UK and have included links to Photobucket photos. Many thanks in advance for your help.

Rob
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Hi Rob - Serial is #128472, dating your horn to 1923. This is what we today call New Wonder series 1. (If you've heard of the "Chu" model, that was series 2, with the nail-file finish on G#. Both are unofficial descriptions.)

Your horn show slightly blurry engraving and good lacquer, meaning it was once plated, then refinished with some buffing. (Original brass Conns from this period had neither lacquer nor engraving, only a brand name.) Original finish is best for value, but no-buff relacquer is almost as good. Buffing cuts into the resale value, because it can mean the toneholes were buffed down and may need leveling to play well.

Value is tricky, but if it's in good playing order, I would think at least USD 400 and maybe more. They are very good horns, tho more popular in tenor and soprano than in alto.
 
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