Conn 10M Ladyface (1942)

  • Posted on: 25 December 2023
  • By: Mark

A second tenor Conn 10M Ladyface from 1942, serial number 306380, was added to the collection in December 2023. All info under MRO ID: TS54. This is also a so-called war-horn (from WW2), from the time when Conn built very few musical instruments. However, the sax does not have additional US engraving on the bell, so it was not built for a US military music group. I suspect the sax was already largely built during the outbreak of war (Pearl harbour attack in December 1941) and left the factory in 1942 as one of the very last ´normal´ 10M saxes. From 1942 until the end of 1945, Conn redirected production and built altimeters and other devices for the US Air Force. Saxophones were built only sporadically during this time and are highly sought after among collectors. They were technically completely identical to pre-war saxes until 1947, i.e. with rolled tone holes.
This is a project saxophone. The sax currently plays fine on the older pads, but these are old and a complete overhaul will bring this sax up to its maximum level. I am happy to leave that to the new owner.
The original case is in need of replacement. Basically, it is still functional, but the outside is in poor condition.