Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece

Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece

Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece
Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece. Very reluctant sale, but I currently have four Conn altos and cannot justify having that many. Has very rare overslung New York neck, has very recent re-pad and one of the best set-ups I have ever known. The trick with these necks is the'shotglass' octave pip (see pic) - this is the type of pip that was also used on the tenor 10M and later alto 6M's, but they were first used on these Transitionals and give very easy voice!

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.

This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Brand: Conn
  • Type: Alto
  • Body Finish: Lacquered brass
  • Key Finish: Lacquered brass
  • Skill Level: Professional
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • Body Material: Brass


Conn 6M Transitional with New York neck and Otto Link Early Babbit 6 mouthpiece