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The ad says: "Conn Jazz Saxophone 1950's with Hard case and extras". I asked him for the serial # and he said n167612.




Is it worth checking out? (Hopefully it's better than my cheap Vito).

Thanks.
 

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Isnt "N" serial numbers into the "mexicon" / nogales era too. around the late 60s or 1970?
 

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yes - and it's hard to tell without some closer pictures of the key guards and LH table, but I think that's a Nogales Conn.
 

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In terms of whether it's a good sax to buy, if it is in fact a Nogales Conn, don't pay more than $100 for it unless it's refurbed. Then $200.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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Hmm... I'm seeing mixed reviews from you guys. I guess the best thing for me to do is go try the horn out and see how it is. Oh and he was asking $150 for everything btw.
 

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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).
 

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Yeah I was listening to a recording of myself and I think I should just stick with my Vito. All I have to do is get used to my new mpc and find a good reed I like and I'll be fine.

Thanks for all the help guys. :)
 

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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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