This C.G. Conn Silver Alto Saxophone with Naked Lady 1930’s Serial #M269360A is in excellent condition with 95% or more of the original silver plating and only very light player wear on a few touch spots. It has just come back from the shop where it was cleaned, adjusted, and re padded, so it plays wonderfully. There is evidence that a few dents were taken out of the bow, but currently, there are no dents or dings in the horn. The serial number is “M269360A” making this a vintage 1934-1935 horn. Above the serial number is the engraving “PAT Dec 8, 1914, 1119954 PAT APP’D FOR A” and below it is engraved the letter “L.” This denotes that the horn is in low pitch. Until the mid-1940’s, Conn made horns both High, and Low Pitched horns. This is a very early version of the famous Naked Lady Portrait Conns. We know this for a couple of reason. First, the serial number places it in the first year of Conn’s “Naked Lady” production. Secondly, you will notice that there is an A both before and after the serial number. Conn was coming out of their transitional years, and they had not yet zeroed in on exactly how they were going to engrave these, now iconic, horns. Also, if you examine the Naked Lady you can see the full bust, in later engravings the line moved up until it was only her face and neck. A few other features of this horn include rolled tone holes, an adjustable thumb rest, and a micro tuner neck! The engraving on the bell is super clean and reads “Made by C.G. Conn Ltd Elkhart, Ind. U.S.A.” You will notice that this saxophone has a polished silver bell engraving, a brushed silver body, and a gold wash bell. This horn also comes with the original micro-tuner double socket/sleeve style neck. The neck is in great shape with no evidence of a pull down. It comes in a replacement case that is great shape and no mouthpiece is included. The “Naked Lady” Horns are some of the most famous saxophones for a good reason. Not only are they physically beautiful but they also play fantastic, and this horn is no exception. This alto saxophone has a gorgeous, warm sound. It plays smoothly up and down the register with beautiful overtones.
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