(odd numbers would indicate high pitch -- e.g. 11M tenor --
and are not included)(5):
20M Straight Eb Sopranino (they called it an "Eb Soprano")
2M C Soprano
4M Bb Soprano, Curved
18M Bb Soprano, Straight
22M F Mezzo Soprano
24M Conn-O-Sax (F Alto)
6M Eb Alto
8M C Melody Tenor
10M Bb Tenor
12M Eb Baritone (low Bb; low A not available until 1955-ish)
14M Bb Bass
16V Eb Contrabass Sarrusophone
the only horn that had any DESIGN CHANGES was the Eb alto.
The straight Bb soprano had already been transitioned to the
new "longer" design and the bari and bass didn't
have that much of any change after s/n 220xxx -- and the tenor
didn't change until around 263xxx. C instruments and the 16V
aren't even listed in the Conn catalogs of this era.
were fewer plating choices:
: Highly polished brass throughout, pearl inlaid finger tips
and pearl rollers.
6 : Body heavily nickel plated and highly polished, pearl
inlaid finger tips, pearl rollers.
2 ("Silver, Gold Bell"): Body heavily silver plated,
sand blast velvet finish, bell richly engraved, inside of
bell gold plated [and] burnished. [E]ngraving background,
keys, posts and ferrules hand burnished. Keys inlaid with
pearl and pearl rollers
1 ("Silver & Gold"): Body heavily silver plated,
sand blast velvet finish, bell richly engraved, pearl finger
tips, pearl rollers. Inside of bell, engraving background
keys and ferrules gold-plated and burnished.
0 - Artist Finish ("Satin Gold"): Heavily gold plated
over all, pearl inlaid keys and rollers, bell richly hand-engraved.
Inside of bell engraving background, keys, posts and ferrules
00 - Artist's Special ("Burnished Gold"(7)):
Heavily gold plated, hand burnished over all, pearl inlaid
keys, pearl rollers, bell richly hand-engraved. Inside of
bell, engraving background, keys, posts and ferrules hand
(enamel) and "Poly-Chrome" (enamel with painted
design) were probably discontinued by this time.
have been contacted by someone who said that he had a horn
with a gold body and silver keywork (finish 1), but I have
yet to see one and it's not in any of the catalogs I've seen
from 1930 to 1940. I think this finish choice is possible,
though: I think that there are some horns produced in this
serial number range that are 100% New Wonder models and were
available with the large variety of New Wonder finishes.
only gold-plated horns I have seen throughout this series
generally feature a stylized full "Naked Lady" in
a pentagon. I thought this was standard on the gold plated
horns (regardless of any additonal art-deco filigree) until
I saw this
horn. My current opinion is that there were either a couple
engraving choices you could get or Conn engravers just got
I have not seen examples of a straight soprano or bass in
full Transitional glory: M series keywork and art deco engraving.
If you have one or have pictures of one, please contact
note that there are later relacquered
examples with a lacquer body with silver
or nickel keys. This is NOT original. In the late 1950's,
Conn produced their first horns with a lacquer body and nickel
keys. Conn then continued this finish choice for years. So,
it seems that when some people brought in their old Conns
for refinish work, the repairman would look at the horn and
say: "Relacquer? Yep. All the new ones have a yellow
body and nickle keys ..." not realizing the variety of
plating choices Conn had. I've seen a couple of horns refurbished
by Conn themselves relacquered this way!
it is almost universally thought that lacquer was not
introduced until the 6M "Naked Lady" models,
starting around s/n 260xxx (1934). It seems to have been
a common practice to get old bare-brass horns lacquered
in the 1930's to protect the finish, but this was not
original -- it may have been done by Conn themselves,
but it's aftermarket.
price chart, in 1930/31 dollars. ONE
1927 dollar = 10.05 2006 dollars.
(In other words, tack another zero to the end of the price
for about what that horn would have cost today.)
cost of these models is not significantly different than the
prices of the earlier New Wonder models quoted on the appropriate
page. Gold plate costs about 15% more.