Join me for a look at possibly the most popular make and model of saxophones made in the US, the Conn New Wonder. In particular, I want to look at the so-called “Series II” or “Chu Berry” version of the New Wonder, which was produced between approximately 1924 and 1930.
The “Transitional” period is the era of Conn saxophones where Conn was switching back to left-side bell keys. They’re also notable for having a beautiful, art-deco-style engraving.
One of the best known features of the Conn New Wonder “Transitional” horns is an elaborate, art-deco-style engraving. For Conn’s gold-plated horns, though, this was turned up to eleven.