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Original Gold Plated Portrait Engraved Conn Chu Berry Alto Sax - Serial # 147168

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Product ID: 147168ConnAlto


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Here's the pretty horn of the day: this is a 1925 vintage C.G. Conn “Chu Berry” model alto sax in original gold plate, serial number 147168. The serial number dates this horn to the early run of the New Wonder “Series 2” models. It features a portrait engraving on the bell, and has just been lovingly restored in the Saxquest repair shop by Josh Creekmore.


The original gold plate on this alto is a solid 90-95% intact, with very light wear for a horn that is approaching 100 years old. The sax has had some repair in our shop. Josh performs a couple light resolders, including on the neck receiver at the top of the body tube, where the neck fits in. The neck itself had a couple tiny dings which have been removed, and the neck octave key had a repair as well. All the work was done in our shop and is as good as you'll find. The sax does show no serious past trauma, and there's no evidence of major dent work. Bottom bow and bell flare are perfect. The portrait engraving on the bell is of a wistful looking woman looking off into the distance, very nicely done.


With the fresh repad, this alto is now in perfect playing shape. It has been padded using premium firm leather pads and oversized, slightly domed seamless metal resonators. All material has been replaced, and springs and key heights adjusted throughout. The action is quick and lively under your fingers. Everything is sealing perfectly over the rolled tone holes.


This alto plays like a dream. Very easy blowing with not a whole lot of resistance, and a big, spread-open sound. The gold plating seems to add color and warmth, so even though it plays big, the horn also has a lot of depth to its tone and doesn't get thin, even at max volume up in the high register. It's a lively and fun horn to play, great for pure jazz lovers especially. Ships in its original case.