- North West UK
I remember Charlie retiring, he worked on a Jupiter for me if I remember rightly - funny how both the 21s I`ve had , have had that sticker on ... I seem to remember you visting the "toys" shop who had a few horns for sale .That's an original MIR Halesowen sticker on the 21 case from when the Toys and Charlie Connolly worked together.
Iirc they split up with the Toys moving to Walsall as MIR and Charile to Great Barr as Connolly-MIR. The latter became Sheward-MIR when Charlie retired some years back.
Agreed totally - yes the early Pruple 62 I had was like a slicker version of the same horn (and the best Alto I`ve ever played, Selmers included) but these older 2 series models have amazing character, I part-exed the 21 for the Pruple 62 and wished I hadn`t later on as I sold the 62 (couldn`t warrant such an expensive alto and had a SA80 to pay for) , even when I had the 62 I missed the 21 . as you can imagine this one is staying ..Your 21 looks in similar nick to my 23 (Vito). There's just something about these older ones which makes you defer to them whatever "better" or more recent Yamaha model you might compare them to. Can't explain what.