C.G. Conn New Wonder II “Chu Berry” Gold Plated Alto Saxophone 1920’s Serial #M189236

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1926-27 Vintage horn with 90-95% of the original gold plating; the nail file G#, split bell key, and rolled tone holes.


This C.G. Conn New Wonder II “Chu Berry” Style” Gold Plated Alto Saxophone 1920’s Serial #M189236 is in excellent condition with 90-95% of the original gold plating. There is some light player wear across the horn, mostly on the touch spots with one little spot of wear on the bow. Please see the photos for more details. It has just come back from the shop where it was cleaned, adjusted, and repadded. There are no dents or dings in the horn and no evidence of any major repairs. The serial number is “M189236” making this a vintage 1926-27 instrument. On the back of the body is engraved “Pat Dec 8, 1914 1119954 A M189236 L”. The engraved letter “L” below the serial number denotes that the horn is in Low Pitch. Until the mid-1940’s, Conn made both high, and low pitched horns. A few other features of this horn include Conn’s signature nail file G# key, split bell keys, and rolled tone holes! The engraving on the bell is incredibly ornate with swirling leavings and flowers along with a country scene. The engraving, which is below the scene near the bottom of the bell reads “Made by C.G. Conn Ltd Elkhart, Ind. U.S.A.” This horn comes with the original neck micro tuner, double socket/sleeve style neck. The neck is in great shape with no evidence of a pull down. It also comes in a replacement case in fantastic shape. A mouthpiece is not included. This Alto Sax has a classic “Chu Berry” Conn sound. It’s warm, and the intonation is spot on. The overtones are also quite gorgeous, especially in the lower register.

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Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 29 × 17 × 11 in