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Hello

I hope someone know anything about this model. It is a Conn. I only checked it for a couple of minutes but it is definitely a newer Conn (i.e. not from the 20s, 30s) and it LOOKS like many student models or some Chinese and Taiwanese saxophones, but the build quality seems very ok, at least before looking into the details (which I haven't yet). It is lacquered with (probably) nickel plated keys. It doesn't have a model name. On the bell it just says CONN (all captical letters) and under that U.S.A. (no other engraving) and under the serial number it says Made In USA. It doesn't look very old (but maybe it is and just wasn't played much).

Conns (of any kind) are not very common here so I don't know much about them. What is this model? Any idea when it was made? Worth anything?

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I was looking at many Conns on eBay and this one looked a lot like a 20M or 21M. Most 20M and 21M had the model name under the CONN logo or under the serial number. All looked very similar to this one but never 100% the same. Just when I was about to post this here and ask about these models, I had the sax on my lap, was ready to pick it up, and what do I see, the model name! It is engraved with very little letters on that piece with three screws that connects the body and bell. It is a 20M.

So, in good playing condition (but with scratches and maybe some dings and dents for example on the bow) how much would a 20M Conn cost? Not eBay, but a private sale. I can determine the value locally based on the aprox. value in USA.

Any way to find out when it was made (looks like 80s but that's just a guess) maybe based on the serial number?

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Hi Clarnibass,

The 20M was a student horn made it seems, to compete with the Yamaha 23 models, although it was made concurrent with their Director 14M student model. It is the first Conn student model to have the bell keys on the left side, and has a Yamaha style, one piece wrap around bell key guard.

These aren't worth much in the States (maybe a few hundred in top working order).

Member Randall, is quite fond of the 21M models with rolled tone holes as a good horn for little money. Too bad it isn't one of those.

You should be able to date it via one of the serial number sites, such as www.drrick.com.
 
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