Love the sound, hate the ergonomics. The good Colonel apparently used a baboon or some other great ape to determine key layouts and the like, as I have never been able to reconcile the way the horns are laid out with the wonderful sound that they make.
I only own one Conn (an artist level alto from the 1920's), and for power and projection, the thing can't be beat. However, the thumb hook is a killer, the table keys are bizarre, and the palm keys are designed for the aforementioned baboon.
If I could do it all over again, I would have at least had the thumb hook replaced during the rebuild. Can't do too much about the rest, however.
Man, that is one gorgeous looking horn. I got a chance to drop in on the folks at Tenor Madness over the summer and play some of the horns they had in stock. They are super nice folks. Good luck with your new best friend.
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