Condition is excellent with 95%+ of original lacquer remaining, and structurally and mechanically excellent. Has metal resonators, which is correct for this period, and has the widest dynamic range I have ever played. This sax has a slightly wider neck than most Conn altos I have ever played - the neck diameter is suited to mouthpieces with a 16mm shank, which is slightly wider than the usual 15.7mm diameter shank which is the de-facto modern standard alto shank diameter. It is known that Selmer also made wider necks for a while around the late 50's/early 60's, as did a few other makers, and it seems they got this idea from the earlier Conns, as this sax was made in 1936 and also one other Conn I played a few years ago from 1935 also had the wider 16mm neck diameter. Fortunately, there ARE a few pieces made by makers who recognise this - especially the alto Early Babbit pieces, which in my experience all have a 16mm shank diameter - also the metal Selmer Classics and some of the hard rubber Long Shank Soloists, also Guardalas, the metal Lawtons, and the metal Meyer J-series mouthpieces.
Plays FANTASTIC with the supplied Early Babbit mouthpiece - deep, resonant bass notes with powerful middle and easy top end - plays VERY WELL for me with a Vandoren ZZ #2 reed or a worn-in 2½. Keywork is one of the best for Conns of this era that I have ever played - this is due to three factors, firstly it has the square-shaped palm keys more common on later Conns, which are a LOT easier than the rounded ones you usually see on horns of this era - secondly the side high-F key protrudes further out than usual, which makes it easier - and thirdly the left-hand trapeziod table is at a different angle than my other Conns, which makes the left-hand table keys, especially C#, MUCH easier to hit compared to my other Conn altos. As mentioned the dynamics on this, especially with the Babbit mouthpiece, are really good - from very quiet to absolutely roaring - and at full tilt it is a real power player - I attribute this to the wider neck diameter. Any potential buyers are welcome to come and try it - near High Wycombe, 45 minutes on train from Marylebone.The item "Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece" is in sale since Monday, January 22, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "alsax63" and is located in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
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