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I was wondering if 6ms/10ms/12ms got 'bad'
if a sax said 10m on it but had a serial starting with an N prefix, would it still be good, or the same poor standard as a mexiconn shooting stars?
were the M horns still being made in the US while others were being made in mexico?

bit of background, i am asking this since I am considering looking at a bari with the serial N198XXX BUT it is a 12M, with the ladyless engraving, but still the same art deco pattern.

i know it's a relacquer but that doesn't bother me.
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thanks,
Dan
 

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I'm sure you are aware that the 6M/10M/12M's lost features along the way to their last models, but they are still very good saxes. The later models would, I think, be more highly sought after if Conn had not had such a long run of earlier models. Don't be afraid that you are getting a Mexican Shooting Star level sax!
 

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No Worries!

If it's an 'M' series Conn, it was made in Elkhart. None of the 6M/10M/12Ms were ever made in Nogales, even if the serial number starts with 'N'. This just means it was made towards the end of the 'M' series run. Still an excellent horn and don't let anyone tell you different.
 

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Hey, Offkilter,

Is your 1964 10M an underslung model? I so enjoy my 1955 6M that I am sort of looking for a 10M that is underslung to match it. I wondered what you thought of yours, and if you have ever played a regular overslung 10M for comparison.

Hey, I would love to have a 1960's Mark VI tenor to match my 1967 Mark VI alto, but the going rate on those things seems to be prohibitive these days...

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Yeah, the 10M I have has the underslung octave vent. I've never had an opportunity to try any other 10M's but I've seen a few. None with an over the top octave though.
I used to have an alto and tenor Mk 6 but sold the tenor ages ago because I never cared for the sound of it. Maybe just a dud or I didn't have the right mouthpiece for it,I dunno.I just sold the alto last year, bad financial situation. I try not to think about it or show up at jams where the guy I sold it to will be.Sigh.
 
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