Dating conn saxophones
As an outgrowth of his work improving the bass clarinet, Sax began developing an instrument with the projection of a brass instrument and the agility of a woodwind.
He wanted it to overblow at the octave, unlike the clarinet, which rises in pitch by a twelfth when overblown.
The years 1967 to March 1974 (when Conn moved their brass manufacturing to Abilene, Texas), is a period where at least some of the instruments were inferior in quality In March of 1974 an alpha-numeric system was established: The first character of the serial number indicated the decade; The remaining numbers indicated the production number within the month.
From 1987 on, the two-digit prefix number plus 50 will give you the year of manufacture.
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The saxophone is also used as a soloing and melody instrument or as a member of a horn section in some styles of rock and roll and popular music. The saxophone was developed in 1846 by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian instrument maker, flautist, and clarinetist.
When the player presses a key, a pad either covers a hole or lifts off a hole, lowering or raising the pitch, respectively.