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Apologies if there is already a thread out there on this. A few days ago, I heard about Alex LoRe, an excellent alto player from New York, and started checking out some of his Youtube videos. Here are some examples:


Anyway, I thought it was cool that he was playing a Chu alto! I've seen lots of videos of people playing Conn tenors in professional settings (e.g., Tivon Pennicott), but not too many people playing Conn altos. Do you guys have any other Youtube recommendations?
 

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I find it interesting that 20 years ago I never saw a pro with anything but a Selmer, a Yani or a Yami. Once I saw a guy pull out a Keilwerth and I thought "What the hell is that?" It wasn't until I started using a new tech that specialized in vintage horns that I got to hear all these amazing vintage horns no one was playing. I actually bought a time capsule of a 1935 6M from an antique shop for $400, after it sat there for months unnoticed. I tried to sell it for $500 to finance a move, took it to my big band reharsal and all but one of them turned their noses up at it, except for one old timer that chastised them saying "I want that horn! Bird played one of these!" That horn now would sell for $5000 easily. Interesting how the internet has opened up our once very narrow minded culture.
 

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I find it interesting that 20 years ago I never saw a pro with anything but a Selmer, a Yani or a Yami. Once I saw a guy pull out a Keilwerth and I thought "What the hell is that?" It wasn't until I started using a new tech that specialized in vintage horns that I got to hear all these amazing vintage horns no one was playing. I actually bought a time capsule of a 1935 6M from an antique shop for $400, after it sat there for months unnoticed. I tried to sell it for $500 to finance a move, took it to my big band reharsal and all but one of them turned their noses up at it, except for one old timer that chastised them saying "I want that horn! Bird played one of these!" That horn now would sell for $5000 easily. Interesting how the internet has opened up our once very narrow minded culture.
Well, I always tell the story of buying my original lacquer Conn 6M for $130 from a pawn shop in 1978 and right next to it was a King Super 20 tenor with all the pearls for $400 (which I didn't buy, still kicking myself for that). I think in 2019 money that would still be something like $1500 while those horns are currently going for $5000 and up.

I was there and I remember very well how saxophone players, teachers, and repair people almost all treated the vintage Conns, Kings, Martins, and especially Bueschers as trash horns in the 70s.
 

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I don’t have an alto, but I must say that I have always thought that the sound of my Conn Tenor blended in much better with other instruments than my Selmer. The Conn’s aren’t so stylized, but they are much better team players.
 

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I find it interesting that 20 years ago I never saw a pro with anything but a Selmer, a Yani or a Yami. Once I saw a guy pull out a Keilwerth and I thought "What the hell is that?" It wasn't until I started using a new tech that specialized in vintage horns that I got to hear all these amazing vintage horns no one was playing. I actually bought a time capsule of a 1935 6M from an antique shop for $400, after it sat there for months unnoticed. I tried to sell it for $500 to finance a move, took it to my big band reharsal and all but one of them turned their noses up at it, except for one old timer that chastised them saying "I want that horn! Bird played one of these!" That horn now would sell for $5000 easily. Interesting how the internet has opened up our once very narrow minded culture.
I've never seen a 6M go for that. $1200 maybe on a good day.
As much as I'm a Selmer player I do like a 6M.
 

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Thanks everyone for all of the great responses!! So many great players that I hadn't heard before!

Saori Yano
I dug this video of her:

Anna-Lena Schnabel
A lot of interesting stuff going on there texture-wise between the piano and sax. Also saw some of her videos with a quartet (Dan Weiss on drums I think?) that were pretty cool too!
 

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Al McLean out of Montreal repairs and plays all kinds of vintage horns and performs on them. I can't get enough of him and all of the posts on youtube. Here's a sample with him on a Conn:


If the link doesn't work, just go to youtube and type "All McLean The Big Conn" in the browser.
 

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I play a pair of 6M altos (who am I? recorded over the years with Julius Hemphill, David Murray, JD Allen, Ken Peplowski, Doc Cheatham, Roswell Rudd, Matt Shipp, Kalaparusha) - after many years of switching around, I am done. These have the right sound and action. Add a couple of mouthpieces by Norbert Stachel, and I am all set.
 

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Ian Hendrickson-Smith

Saw him a few years ago when he was playing with Lonnie Liston Smith. Great sound on a 6M alto.

Here is a YouTube link:

I saw some more recent video with him playing a more modern looking horn.
 
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