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Conn ‘Shooting Stars’ Tenor Saxophone, ’70’s, N73XXX

Conn ‘Shooting Stars’ Tenor Saxophone, ’70’s, N73XXX


Great playing Mexican Conn tenor

Condition: In great used, and great playing condition.

Age: 1970’s

C.G. Conn Ltd made some of the finest saxophones in the world prior to the USA joining WW2 in 1941. The most famous of these were the M series, 6m alto, 10m tenor, and 12m baritone. These saxes were played by some of the all time greats including Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, and Gerry Mulligan to name just a few. Whilst the pre-war models are the most desirable and considered ‘the best’, Conn kept making saxophones well into the 60’s and 70’s in various different factories in the US and then Mexico.   

In terms of ergonomics they feel very different to modern horns. They feel small, fast, and compact under the fingers and do take a bit of getting used to. However; they sound amazing. They are, in my opinion, some of the finest sounding horns ever made. If you can get around the key-work you will be richly rewarded.

The later horns don’t feel quite as nice under the fingers as the earlier models but for the money they are a fantastic option for someone looking to get into the world of vintage saxophones. They still make a massive noise.

This one has the serial number N73XXX and was made in 1970’s in Mexico. This horn is no collectors piece but it has recently been re-padded and it is a great player for the money. It makes that typical big Conn sound and the intonation is really rather good. I suspect the neck, whilst the correct one for the horn’ is not the original neck as it is a slightly different colour to the body. This would be a great option for someone looking for their first tenor sax or someone looking for a doubling instrument. 

As with all of our instruments, trials are both recommended and encouraged. Please book an appointment or get in touch if you would like any more information. This horn is a sale on commission instrument for a customer.

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