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I have my old high school (late 70s) Conn in the shop for overhaul.

Relearning a lot about sax and hope to be playing it again once I get it back.

It was one of the "Made in Mexico" altos with the shooting star design. I understand that Eb is the desirable feature and was wondering if anyone could tell me if this model is Eb?

Thanks all!
 

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If it is an alto, it is in Eb.

I have my old high school (late 70s) Conn in the shop for overhaul.

Relearning a lot about sax and hope to be playing it again once I get it back.

It was one of the "Made in Mexico" altos with the shooting star design. I understand that Eb is the desirable feature and was wondering if anyone could tell me if this model is Eb?

Thanks all!
 

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I understand that Eb is the desirable feature ....
It is not that being Eb is a desirable feature or not.

Any alto is pitched in Eb ( Baritones and Sopraninos are pitched in Eb too, Tenor Soprano and Bass are pitched in Bb while C melody tenors and C soprano are pitched in C, there are other saxophones in other keys but they are rare and specialistic).

Overhauling your Director ( which is the real name of the Shooting star) for sentimental reason is good but it will cost you more than buying a secondhand horns in perfect playing state. Unfortunately you horn is worth very little on the modern market

Good Luck and have fun anyway.
 

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I have my old high school (late 70s) Conn in the shop for overhaul.

Relearning a lot about sax and hope to be playing it again once I get it back.

It was one of the "Made in Mexico" altos with the shooting star design. I understand that Eb is the desirable feature and was wondering if anyone could tell me if this model is Eb?

Thanks all!
Welcome to SOTW.
Several threads on the Directors. Here is one ongoing since 2008. Don’t be fooled by all the gibberish. In good working order you will have a good playing sax. I’m not disappointed in my repair investments whatsoever.
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?76536-Is-the-Conn-Director-Shooting-Star-that-bad
 

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It is not that a different opinion is necessarily “ gibberish”. It is a , different, opinion based on having bought and sold many a instrument in many years.


Fact is that you can buy one of these in playing order for less that the average cost of an overhaul and Fact is that the markeplace is littered with them anywhere in the world ( and they don’t sell all that easily!).

I did ’t say they are bad horns I said they are worth less than an overhaul whether in good playing state or not.

A Mexi-Conn is worth even less than a Shooting star made in Arizona!. Often they sell in my neck of the woods for €200 ( in all manner of states) while overhauls are running around €600 on average.

Although some shops offer them at €800 I don’t know who is buying them.

Take this for example a whole $179...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Co...298104&hash=item3411dfc0ac:g:IlMAAOSw8CJcftMg

and it hasn’t sold yet!

Their best advocate are home based techs who buy them for very little and sell them for less than the average cost of an overhaul , how they can do this I don’t know.
 

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I wasn’t referring to your post as gibberish. Your comment regarding the value is extremely truthful. I was referring to the thread link I posted. ;)

Gee that Eflay one is a tad high on BIN.... Unless Glenn Lewis became famous :)
 

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I wasn’t referring to your post as gibberish. Your comment regarding the value is extremely truthful. I was referring to the thread link I posted. ;)
Thank you Glenn! :)

This horn is yes, often for the wrong reasons vituperated. I agree, it is much better than many other horns BUT the value question is a fact of life.

Again there are home based technicians whom are able to offer one of this , in a reconditioned state for less than $600. I have no Idea of how this is possible. How much was the horn? How long did it take to do and how much were the parts?

I am not discounting their work , they are competent technicians and know what they do, but the horn must have costed something and the time they put in there must too , then the materials, then you want to make some money I suppose, not only getting back the cost?

How can the cost be less than $300 (the people whom make the most money here have to be the postal service!) baffles me but it is obviously possible because they do it.



Still... this horn was less than $300 and in reconditioned state! How much would your overhaul cost OP? I am sure it will cost more.

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...ector-Alto-Sax-Mexico-90-lacq-pretty-serviced

In any case you can buy one of these for less than it costs repairing it.
 

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Very true. Although mine is a 16m 1961 US model I deemed the investment worthy. Essentially I had a pristine closet queen. Perfect case. All it needed was an oiling and a re-pad. $750 total for a pristine vintage Player was worth it on that one.
 

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if you like it more power to you

Value is in the eye of the Be-Payer rather the beholder
 

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Nothing wrong with a Mexiconn when they are serviced and put into good playing shape.

The negative reputation these have on the internet is, in fact...90% gibberish.

Not to digress the thread, the OP had a simple question.

Onslow, enjoy your horn when it is back from your tech.
 

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Nothing wrong with a Mexiconn when they are serviced and put into good playing shape.

The negative reputation these have on the internet is, in fact...90% gibberish.

Not to digress the thread, the OP had a simple question.

Onslow, enjoy your horn when it is back from your tech.
+1, they are solid horns, easy to service, and believe it or not, in some circles, the "Shooting Stars" are something like a cult horn. Street value is debatable but unless the OP wants to flip it he should consider what he gets in terms of playability and ignore the nose-upping. I gave one of mine away to a girl who had a rental from a local shop and she could not have been any happier. So yes, they are no MK VI but they are good instruments and I still keep one in my closet.
 

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Thanks all. Appreciate all the good insight and encouragement!

I think what I was thinking about was a "special" key that may or may not have been part it depending on features.

That's what you get from watching too many YouTube videos : )

Looking forward to getting it out of the shop and (evidently) shopping for another mouthpiece!
 

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OP, there are several variants of Conn alto made in Mexico with the "Shooting Star" engraving. I believe the oldest ones are the ones that would have been essentially the same as the ones made in Elkhart, and would be basically the same mechanism as older models. There were some later ones made on other patterns, and I don't know much about those. If you could post a picture it would be easier to say what you've got there.
 

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Thanks all. Appreciate all the good insight and encouragement!

I think what I was thinking about was a "special" key that may or may not have been part it depending on features.

That's what you get from watching too many YouTube videos : )

Looking forward to getting it out of the shop and (evidently) shopping for another mouthpiece!
If you're talking about the "forked Eb", that went out of style in the 30s. So your 70s vintage horn won't have one. I don't think anyone considers it a desirable or valuable feature. Besides that obsolete feature, I can't think of any other special Eb keys or features.

Could you post a link to one of these videos about the "Eb"?

Regardless, as others have said, it's a lower quality, nice sounding horn that should serve you well but won't make you rich. I have a Mexi-Conn bari myself that plays fine.
 

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There is nothing or no one that could ever tell me my SHOOTING STARS is not a great horn. Since 1971, elementary, middle, high school, college, and the bulk of my professional life, my Conn Director was around my neck. Playing a Conn 7m now. Such a sweet saxophone.
 
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