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Corton dating help

Colin the Bear

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Can anyone date a corton alto from the serial number 183426

A rough idea would be of help.:thumb:
 

Colin the Bear

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Thanks for that. I can't get my hands on it yet but am interested in buying it as a back up. I think I'll be buying it if the price is right.
 

thomsax

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Most of the Corton I've seen were manufactoried in the 70's and they were also made by Amati. They rumour says that Corton saxes were also made in former East-Gemany (DDR) but I've never seen one. The Corton Deluxe was a Yangisawa stencil also from the 70's. Serial # on stencils can be "tricky"! Some follow the manufactor and other distributors/brandholder had thier own serial #.

Thomas
 

Colin the Bear

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Thanks Thomas. I currently own a corton badged Lafleur bought brand new in 1983. I am aware of the history of Corton and their various badges, stencil and current production. I'm looking at a specific alto that was bought new and never played. Just trying to date it. Don't know if it's a bargain or a booby prize lol. But I do like them.
 

ProfJames

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Are these Corton altos any good? My pal wants a cheap alto and there are several Cortons for sale. Are they Amati?
 

kevgermany

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As always.... Depends. The resale value isn't that high, so if expensive work is needed, you've overcapitalised. If it's in good nick, doesn't need much spending on it, then yes.
 

Colin the Bear

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Built like a tank with a very simple action. After playing the G4M for a couple or three years I find the LH table is in the wrong place for me these days. When I play it my pinky completely misses the table.
 

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