Fascinating Conn 26M Naked Lady alto

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    jbtsax old and opinionated

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    I just finished one of the most challenging and interesting overhauls/restorations of my career. It was a relacquered, but otherwise well cared for Conn 26M. It was challenging because of the number of rusted set screws and rods. It was interesting because I got to understand the amazing mechanical thought that went into the innovations found on this sax which included adjusting screws everywhere way ahead of their time and the use of silver on many of the keys.

    Conn 26M Alto Sax Slideshow by John Talcott
     
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    A thing of beauty! Any shots of the horn in its entirety? :oops:

    I'm curious to see how those silver patches look as a whole.

    Then, how does it play?

    PS: Very nice slideshow of the details.
     
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    Looks as if that was expensive to make.
     
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    It plays like a dream---very good intonation and a focused sound. Perhaps Conn's best achievement.
     
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    Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing this with us, really interesting looking sax. Nice work, as well.
     
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    Very nice. I have its poorer cousin - a 6M. What I like most about it, apart from the tone, is the LH pinky table. It's ergonomically perfect for my hand - I never hit a wrong key (well - hardly ever).
     
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    I have a nice 26M in my collection, as well as a 1930s 6M. They are both good horns and I wondered whether they have the same body tube with just different keywork.

    A friend of mine had a bit of money from backpay and he was looking at buying a Selmer SBA alto from Dawkes. I saw that they had a 26M for about the same price and he ended up buying that instead.

    I would love to find a 30M (the tenor Connqueror) in decent condition, but they seem to be very rare or people are just holding on to them.

    Rhys
     
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    I like the look of the gold burnished Conn virtuoso saxes - have to keep reminding myself that "you can't play the shine".

    Thanks for sharing the pictures.
     
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    I also have one of these beauties.

    Mine has the rare "New York" neck, which is a lovely looking thing. Kind of art deco vibe.

    although the pads look good, it doesnt play great at the moment, and every time I get it out, I promise myself to have someone look at it. but it never seems to happen. One day !!!

    great sound though , and it feels the most comfortable of the conn altos ive had. Different feel to a 6m.

    Rhys, I also have an SBA. Both great saxes and along with my mk6 are probably the best 3 sounding saxes Ive owned.
     
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    Beautiful photography to showcase a truly beautiful horn. The detail is stunning. Please add in some whole-instrument shots as well !
     
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    Lovely slideshow but please, please some pic's of the full horn.. :thanks1:
     
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    Hornography at its best....
     
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    i can take some pics of mine if it is of interest.

    but I wouldnt know how to get them from my wifes I pad on to this site.

    i can send them to anyone who could help.
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    If i can do it anyone can....@brianr

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    Thanks Trimmy.

    Before I post any pictures on someone else's thread, I should just check that Im not getting in the way/standing on toes etc etc.

    JBTSAX. What do you think? Can I post some pics on your thread?
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    Don't worry he's wearing steelees
     
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    Mine is away in a cupboard under piles of rubbish, and I havent got time to look it out at the moment.

    this thread encouraged me to do some more research about these. Mainly about necks/crooks

    brand new, these 26m saxes came with 4 options for necks.

    1) underslung, with tuner
    2) underslung without tuner
    3) Overslung without tuner. ( The so called "New York" version )
    4) New York with tuner.

    Most common are the underslung with tuner.

    the New York versions are the rarer ones. New York with tuner, the rarest of all.

    My 26m has the 3rd, ( New York no tuner version) , and I love the look of it. Very much art deco vibe to it.

    Ive found a picture of it online to show what Im talking about.

    I believe these New Yorks arent interchangeable with underslung versions, but open to being corrected... RHYS ??


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    The "NEW YORK" neck was also available on the Conn 30m.

    same art deco vibe
     
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    Ive just found some full length photos on this site for you to drool over.

    post 12 in the following thread.

    For Sale - Conn Connqueror 26M alto sax

    That one has the conventional underslung neck with tuner.
     

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