NOTE SCROLL TO THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE DESCRIPTION FOR 400+ PICTURES OF THIS SAX! For sale is a collectors dream Conn Gold Plated New Wonder Alto Sax burned in gold plating and lavishly engraved with one of the most expansive and detailed oriented Conn engraved seen ive EVER seen!!! This saxophone is just completely wowwwwww!
Pinch me and wake me up up because I must be dreaming! This horn is nearly 100 years old made in 1921 in Elkhart Indiana from the golden era of Conn, a time when anything was possible in saxophones, even insane amounts of triple thick gold plating! This horn for sale is somewhat of mythological creature. Similar to the giant squid or big foot there are stories of these things existing in the wild, yet seeing them to believe is a different story!
Here we are with gold plated Conn horn royalty. A horn that looks like we traveled back in time 2 months after it was crafted, and brought it to present day in a time capsule!A horn so rare that just wrapping your head around all the features and story behind it puts you in sax ecstasy! Imagine holding this in your hands and owning it! This horn is engraved up and down, left and right, all over the bell, on all sides of the bell, both sides of the bow. Its an understatement to say this horn has more engraving than any kind of typical Conn horn, or even any kind of common gold plated Conn horn. This horn features a grandiose portrait of a Native American Indian Chief in full head dress, surrounded by a sun.
I wish I knew exactly who this was. I cant imagine that Conn would have engraved any random Chief, rather this was a very specific person of distinction, someone specifically portrayed on this horn for a reason. Considering this horn was made in 1921 this person would have been someone from around that time, or prior 1800s?
This portrait is one of the most detailed engravings ive EVER seen! The attention to detail is absolutely insane.The facial details and nuances on the face allow for an amazing depiction of a human. The hair, the head dress, the feathers, the coat, the jewelry, its all there, all so thought out and well engraved its a thing of beauty. The man of distinction is incased by a sun line circle made of triangles.
Everything is just so meticulously detailed its bonkers! Im a huge fan of engraving and seeing horn in the hands has been continously blowing me away! Above the Native American we see another representation of the sun, this time inside of it is a naked lady goddess of some sort engraved in all her glory. The goddess is riding a beautiful long neck swan.
The swan is a beautifully engraved animal of nice size. I believe this women to be Aphrodite the Ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. One of her major symbols were swans, and she can be depicted riding swans thorough out history. She is shown here with angel wings above her head.
Why was Aphrodite paired with this Indian head? Whats the exact story here and why are they both placed in suns?
This horn is a piece of history and Its really quite amazing. There are many engraved fairy floating around this horn.
The bow has a major engraved fairy on BOTH sides of the bow! This fairy appears to be a man with angel wings holding an ancient laurel wreath which was an ancient symbol for victory! One the side of the bell there is an engraved Cupie or Cupid like fairy this is the small like baby looking one.There is a stamp in the center of the engraving Exchanged For New Buescher #7393. Im not sure the exact story here but I believe back some 90 years fairy this horn was traded to the Buescher company for a brand new Buescher and then given this stamp. Was this a customers custom horn exchanged for a Buescher? Did the owner of Conn change one of his prized horns for a Buescher prized horn? It all adds to the mystic of this piece!
Besides the handful of characters engraved as you can see this horn has insanely over the top floral engraving that ties everything together. All the engraving sorta comes to a peak by the bell to body brace, and it makes a sorta logo or emblem of some sort that I found unique. I tried to picture this but its a really weird spot to get a picture from. The Conn logo in engraved in a very rare logo which is on a book or scroll of some sort. Really happy to see this logo on this piece!
This is a very interesting horn because I dont think Conn just made this horn out of thin air. There are plenty of Conns out in the world with expansive engraving but this horn is way above and beyond almost anything that ever typically comes around. This horn could have been either a completely custom order, or a horn made for a cherished member of the community, perhaps the horn was a gift to someone known by the owners.Its impossible to know exactly how this horn came to be, but when this horn was made near 100 years ago there was an insane amount of time and effort put in. If anyone has any info on the Native American, or the characters please let me know. Im trying to piece together this scene and figure out exactly what was originally intended. This horn crosses over from just a musical instrument to a rather unique category of American Art that really sums up what America was about during that golden era in 1920 when this horn was made. Think of owning this saxophone has owning a piece of history that you can hold in your hands. Its amazing to see the condition still on this piece. This piece is in unbelievable condition and has stood the test of time. Its amazing to think what was happening the same time this horn was being made.
Woodrow Wilson was president, Babe Ruth was playing for the New York Yankees and the USA had Prohibition of alcohol all during the same glorious years this saxophone was crafted by the best of the best instrument makers and engravers ever to create horns! This horn is in unbelievable condition for being a near 100 year old antique, that being said this horn is still used of course has its fair share of scratches, Knicks, dings, dents, fleabites, patina, metal wear, gold plate wear, repair marks, and other anomalies with a horn so old and used!
I believe back some close to 100s years ago this horn was traded to the Buescher company for a brand new Buescher and then given this stamp after the factory! So about the horns playability. WHOA can this horn play! Its insane to imagine this, but this horn actually plays even better than its looks!!! This horn is currently playing great!
Everything on this horn is opening and closing just as should be. The horn is playing down to low Bb with out to many leaks. You can tell this horn was taken care of by the last owner.
This horn has mid age pads that were definitely changed at one point and barley played. That being said they are middle age/older pads, but the horn is playing great.
Ive done nothing to this horn but use my polish cloth and the horn is stunning. I would highly recommend you bringing this to your tech for a very small general leak setup to really tighten everything down and make this horn a gig ready 100% perfect function piece, all this being said, you will be able to play this horn out of the box right now, its just not optimized. This horn has such insanely popping gold plating that it was very hard to take pictures of this sax! Wether the saxophone was outside in sun, or in different room lights the pictures became very shiny.
In the hands I the horn has much more of a classic gold like hue to the color, in the pictures it lightens up from the reflections. Ive tried to picture from every single angle in different settings so you can get a feel for the sax, but definitely expect it to look much more gold in person in the hands!
A horn like this comes around once in a life time. This is a chance to invest in a piece of art that is for sure a solid investment. The fact that this horn is has so much actual gold plating on it, and the horn is such a beautiful piece of art there is no way this horn is not going to continue to gain in value. Pieces like these come around once in a very blue moon and are sweeper up into collectors hands to never see the light of day again!The item "Conn Gold Plated Alto Sax withINSANE ENGRAVING Indian Chief + Lady + Ferry's" is in sale since Friday, May 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones".
The seller is "saxstable" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped to United States.