This is an exquisite C.G. Conn original gold plated New Wonder “Portrait” tenor sax, serial number 134372. If you are looking for a special item this tenor really fits the bill. It features a beautiful portrait on the center of the bell of a lady with a harp. Like all great Conn's from the New Wonder era the tenor does showcase rolled tone holes, trill G#, front F, split bell keys. This one in particular has elaborate floral engraving in addition to the centerpiece. It also features all of the original key pearls and pearl rollers.
These old Conn's are some of the richest free blowing players you will come across anywhere. This one is particularity colorful regarding the way it sounds. The gold plating adds an additional dimension of warmth and resonance. Its fat warm sound is very warm and balanced from top to bottom. This is the kind of horn where you can literally feel it breath and vibrate in your hands as its played.
The gold plating is also in stellar condition showing minimal play wear for its age. The body tube, bow, bell, bell flare and bow cap are all in good shape and have no signs of major past trauma. There is a history of some re-soldering on this saxophone on some of the key posts as well as the bell to body brace. The neck strap ring mount was also moved at some point in the past. It does include the original neck. The neck is in good condition but does show some history of repair on the neck brace and the octave saddle posts.
Saxquest is currently in the process of giving this tenor a professional set-up in our shop. We are going to completely dissemble the sax and replace a few pads and key materials. The set-up will also include a clean up of some of the solder work currently showing on the horn. This saxophone ships out in perfect playing condition. If you are looking for something very special you will not want to miss out on this Conn Portrait tenor.