Yeah that could be a crossbar - good eyes!Is that a Conn X-brace I see in that picture? Like this Conn 12M?
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Best not to think too much about such things Cool btw you had the entrepreneurialism to make a little business of that!Back in about 1972, I paid a visit to my old Junior High School band teacher and told him I had been buying old saxophones and overhauling them/selling them as a part time supplement to my income from playing gigs. I asked if he had any old horns he wanted to get rid of and he pulled out two Conn bari saxes (older than the pictures in this thread probably from 1925 ish) and said I could have them for $50 each. I didn't take them - they were pretty rough and it would have been a bit much for me to overhaul at my level of expertise back then (just getting started) - and I had a King Zephyr bari for my own playing so didn't need a bari for myself.
I've been kicking myself for the past almost 50 years for not grabbing those Conn baritones -- also for not grabbing the bass sax I was offered for $150 without a case (I didn't know how I would even get it home without a case - also had no idea how cool a bass would be - young and dumb)
He was indeed. I subbed for him in an SF bar band while he'd be off in Europe or doing something with the Stooges. Sweetest guy you'd ever meet. He only played his VI tenor so it was fun to find this video of him on bari!That link to Elephant Quilt Productions on the YouTube page cited above is dead. However, Steve Mackay (1949-2015) has his own Wikipedia page. He was in a shipload of bands, including Iggy Pop's backing band.