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J.W. York & Sons C-Melody Saxophone - 1917



JW York & Sons

I just heard from a customer - he wrote:

This is actually a Buescher stencil, so the Buescher serial systems apply, which indicate a circa 1919 date at this time.

Hope this helps,

Our Perspective:
This just came in from the original owners family. They just had it serviced. We had one of our woodwind teachers play it and he says it plays well - but, please realize this is subjective. Be prepared to have this instrument serviced by your Tech.

Consignment Sales, as such, All Sales Final!!

From the Net:
A Guide to Dating York Instruments
Determining the date of a York instrument made in Grand Rapids, Michigan is rather problematic because no records are available.Apparently, somewhere during the transfer of the company from Carl Fisher to Tolchin Instruments or the subsequent purchase by Martin Tolchin, the original records were lost, misplaced, or destroyed. This is further compounded by the existence several companies that have used the name "York" since then, including Boosey and Hawkes, the American company Brook Mays and the current manufacturer Schreiber & Keilwerth in Markneukirchen, Germany. Since Carl Fischer chose to outsource some York models and use assemblies from other companies under their control (such as Blessing), trying to make sense of anything not built in Grand Rapids has been compared to trying to herd cats.

Grand Rapids Band Instrument Company instruments, although made on the same York manufacturing lines by the same craftsmen(8), apparently had their own set of serial numberings(7).

This guide, then, confines itself to York instruments made in the Grand Rapids factory. Following the list are the facts and assumptions which were used to create it. This guide was started using details of just a few hundred surviving York instruments. There is now an expanded information base of over 2,600 York instruments to reference, starting with"York & Son" in 1887 and continuing through several name changes until the Grand Rapids plant was closed in 1971.

For more information, go to the Detailed Record of York Instruments. This page lists known and reported York instruments as a service to those researching York and owners of York instruments. The source of the information is listed, and wherever possible, the serial numbers have also been verified visually. Instruments made after Carl Fischer took control of York are included, but obvious conflicts in numbers are confined to their own section.

If you note any discrepancies, or have additional information concerning this company, please contact us here at Horn-u-copia.

Additionally, we would be grateful to anyone who owns a York horn not listed to contact us with the name, type, cities, and serial number (etc.). It would be nice to build our lists using horns other primarily than just those that are being sold.


  • Model - C Melody
  • Pitch - Low Pitch
  • Licensed PAT. - Dec 8, 1914
  • Made In - Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Serial # - 50525
  • Date - (according to our research on the Net) - 1917
  • Case - C.G. Conn Case, handle missing, in pretty poor shape

Please ask all questions, all sales final!

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Selmer Prelude Student Model TS711 Tenor Saxophone - USED

$999.99 $2273.00


Prelude TS711

Our Perspective:
This beautiful Prelude Tenor Sax was just purchased here at George’s Music Center about 6 month’s ago. The aspiring student, (he’s in his 60’s - lol) decided it was not for him. Very low hours! - SAVE!!

Consignment Sale, as such, ALL SALES ARE FINAL!!

Local Pickup - No Shipping!

About the Model TS711
Enjoyable and affordable, the Prelude tenor saxophone is designed with the beginning musician in mind. The Selmer TS711 Tenor Saxophone key design allows for correct and comfortable hand position. The yellow brass body includes ribbed construction and a detachable reinforced body-to-bow connection for added strength and durability. Prelude bore design enhances projection. Designed as an affordable option for beginning band students, the Prelude series of entry-level instruments combines value and performance. All instruments are built to stringent specifications and supported by our ongoing commitment to service. Each outfit includes instrument, necessary accessories, and care & maintenance instructions.


  • Left-hand table key rocker mechanism with articulated C# adjusting screw
  • High F# key
  • Molded mouthpiece with cap and ligature
  • Engraved bell
  • Neck strap
  • Dark lacquer body and keys
  • Cork grease
  • Adjustable metal right-hand thumb rest
  • #2 1/2 Reed
  • Kid leather pads with metal resonators
  • Rugged Sculpted Foam Case
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Conn 6M Naked Lady Alto Saxophone - 1936



Conn 6M Alto Sax

Our Perspective:
This is very nice Conn 6M Naked Lady Alto Saxophone. The Serial #M275171A indicates that the saxophone was built in 1936. The original lacquer is in good shape., with wear, which is expected from an instrument this old. The original neck is in great shape with the “underslung” octave key mechanism. We believe the mouthpiece is original , but the cap and ligature are more recent. This Alto Sax is marked "L" for "Low Pitch".

We just serviced this sax at our shop for basic play condition. This saxophone can be played as is, but could use a complete overhaul/Repad, for perfect playability.

Consignment Sale, as such, All Sales Final!!

The Conn Artist ("Naked Lady") - (from the internet.)
There was some experimentation with different keyguards for the tenor and different microtuner-neck and over-the-top neck octave key designs for the alto, but the design of the 6/10/12M remained essentially the same from 1935 to 1959.

I have at least one example of the 6M model VIII, featured in the Gallery. This is supposed to be the best version of the 6M, as are horns produced with an "x" before or after the serial number. The former is a horn with a moderately modified neck design and is generally accepted as the best model of the 6M. The latter is generally considered to be an eXperimental design (additional keywork, or vents, bore, etc.). There are also horns that feature the standard "over the top" octave key design -- referred to as a "New York Style" neck.

ALL the same pitches that were available during the age of the New Wonder were available through the Artist years, excepting the Sarrusophone, C soprano and straight soprano, it seems (the F instruments and C melody were available up until the start of WWII in 1941). However, horns other than the alto, tenor and baritone were essentially "factory original" New Wonder horns with different engraving and possibly keywork modifications -- and were special order, only. I have, at least, seen the bass in some 1960's catalogs and advertisements.

"Naked Lady" Time Line
1935: The 6M design was finalized toward the end of the Transitional period and the 12M design was finalized even earlier -- though both horns did have minor keywork changes -- but the tenor wasn't finalized until about s/n 263xxx, when its bell keys were switched to the RH side of the horn. This change announced the coming of Conn's most famous series of horns: the M series or "Naked Lady" model (so named for the engraving of a nude female portrait in a pentagon on the bell). According to later Conn catalogs (after 1959), these horns are officially called the "Artist" or "Standard" model, but "Naked Lady" is the most commonly used name people use.

1935/6 (around s/n 270xxx): Coinciding with the introduction of the 26M, the underslung octave key on the 6M alto is discontinued. It is brought back the next year,1936. The "over-the-top" octave key ("New York Style Neck") appears to then remain a custom option throughout the life of the 6M.


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