I've seen a few posts about these lately, and nobody has mentioned the bell-to-body brace. Aren't all the Conns with the U shaped brace or the sheet metal brace cruddy horns? I just haven't seen anyone say that yet, and unless I am mistaken (which I could be, I focus mostly on earlier Conns) that is an easy way to tell whether it is a pro version Conn or not- with the exception of the DJH modified horns.
its not vintage but these conns are very good players and will suprize you. these arnt made in mexico but dont hold me to this. quality is too good to be a mexiconn. these are from the umi vintage and are darn good horns
Conn horns with the "N" prefix were created in Nogales, Mexico and are known as "Mexiconns." It is highly likely that the horn your looking at is one of these horns.Only Conn Pro-horns were produced in the United Stated during that time. One serial number chart lists 1950-1959 serial number range as being: 337,250-779657. Horns with the N prefix came around 1970, and did not follow the same numbering order.
Some of these horns play ok, but its unlikely to be an excellent horn or even good horn. They are often the same design as the "Conn Shooting Star" horns made in the USA, but often with shoddy workmanship, thinner metal, etc.
If your Vito is in good mechanical condition, it is a better horn (IMO).
if its 150 bux, then I'll grab it if I were you...especially if it blows ok. You can start collecting them and then open a sax hire shop and hire them out to students. It makes money... Some of this less regarded sax actually blows nice. Horns like weltklang actually has an OK sound. And its cheap.
Actually i am thinking of doing this business for side income. Sax hire here is about 40 bux - 100 bux a week depends on what and which model.
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