Horns were either silver, gold or nickel plated or bare brass 1912-1917: The New Invention models. The micro tuner neck first itroduced on altos in 1922. Many unique and experimental combinations were seen. Serial number range 249,200-260,000 1934-1947 The M series with rolled tone holes. Serial numbers 1-40,000 Models made between 1906-1916 had the union label stamp. Different key configurations, the underslung alto necks, resonator pads and experimentation with different finishes began in the late 1920's and early 1930's including early lacquer finishes. 145,000-249,200 1932-1934: The Transitional years: Conn was changing from the New Wonder series II to the M series.
The log book shows the serial numbers jumping around quite a bit for the Selmer/Adolphe Sax saxophones. The last Adolphe Sax saxophone recorded in the Selmer Paris archives was sold in 1944.Its likely that production of Adolphe Sax instruments ceased at the onset of WWII sometime after May of 1940.I am posting this for those of you curious as to what year or model your Conn saxophone might be. Horns made after 1947 did not have rolled tone holes. Up until late 1968, horns were still made in Elkhart Ind.Even so, its possible from this record to assemble a basic serial number chart for these instruments. If you believe this to be an error, please contact [email protected] No serial number chart for was found in the database. The 6M and 10M were still manufactured until the closing of the Elkhart factory in 1969. Most of these records were destroyed along with many previous records.At least to the best of my knowledge, no 6M's or 10M's were made at the Nogales plant or in Mexico. 1976 (83,000)-1980 (145,001 The Henkin era/UMI: After Daniel Henkin bought Conn in 1980, he did his best to restore the reputation of this once great company.They will always have a raised silver logo on the bell; brown rollers; a silver resonance ring under the bell rim; snap in pads and Norton springs, and an underslung octave key.There are a few silver (add 20%) plated ones, and a very few (add 30%) gold ones. Later ones have sculpted low Eb/C keys like the legendary S-1.