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Are you looking for a distinctive vintage saxophone? Look no further than the Conn New Wonder II. New Wonder II altos are often referred to as "Chu" or "Chu Berry", after the famous tenor saxophone player, Leon "Chu" Berry. The nick-name is entirely unofficial; Conn never called these saxophones by that name, but players have recognized this saxophone as the "Chu Berry" model for many years.
There are a few unique design features on the New Wonder II. The main feature of these horns is the Conn microtuner. When the microtuner is turned, it extends or contracts the neck. There is one neck-pipe inside another one, and the inner pipe (which holds the mouthpiece) 'telescopes' when you turn the microtuner. Based on our research, you'd want to use a mouthpiece with a medium to large circular chamber to get the best results. Other features include the "nail-filed" G# key, rolled tone holes and split bell keys.
This horn has a giant sound! New Wonder IIs are known for having a darker, louder and more robust sound compared to other Conn saxophones. Vintage saxophones are going to be harder to play in tune than any modern horn due to the manufacturing processes of the time. A player will need to spend time with this saxophone to understand the intonation intricacies!
The Conn New Wonder II is being sold as is. There are minor scratches on the bell and the neck. A couple minor dents on the bottom of the crook. Our professional saxophone technician has looked over the horn and it is in playing condition.
This is a great vintage saxophone for anyone looking for a piece of sax history, or anyone looking to have a sound that will cut through the rest of the ensemble! Come check it out!