Altsaxophone Conn Transitional New Wonder / Art Deco

  • Posted on: 13 September 2022
  • By: Mark

Yet another unique vintage Conn alto saxophone at MROsaxophones! This is a rare example from the Transitional period: the transition phase from the ChuBerry to the 6M. Not only is this one in near mint condition, it is also the most sought-after model with the so-called Art Deco engraving. These were built in limited numbers in 1930 and 1931, first in the B and Bb key version according to the ChuBerry model and later in the B and Bb key version according to the 6M model. 

Tenor Conn ChuBerry (1929)

  • Posted on: 25 June 2022
  • By: Mark

In the collection there is a very late tenor Conn ChuBerry/New Wonder 2, which is very special. It is listed as TS35 in the online collection of MROsaxophones.
This is undoubtedly one of the first Conn tenor saxophones that shows early signs of improvement. So this is actually one of the first Transitional models! I have compared this sax extensively with a normal Conn tenor ChuBerry (serial number M198xxx) and a slightly later Conn tenor (serial number M256xxx).

Buffet Crampon S1 clarinet

  • Posted on: 30 March 2022
  • By: Mark

MRO Saxophones performed a series of Buffet Crampon clarinet overhauls and maintenance checks early 2022, including two S1 models. The S1 is a rather uncommon version and not that many were made during the 1970´s. The first one is an early one from 1974, and the second one is a late one from 1980. I notices some important differences between these S1 clarinets, and couldn´t find any info online on these differences. Both clarinets have the ´F´-prefix and were made for the European market.

Buffet Crampon R13 clarinet models

  • Posted on: 29 March 2022
  • By: Mark

The Buffet Crampon R13 is without doubt one of the best and most popular clarinets among serious and professional players. The first examples were built around 1954, and this model is still being produced in various versions and names. Around 1970 three variations on the standard model were made: the BC20, the S1 and the Academy Model. These models have small variations compared to a standard R13 and were built in small series at the time. Extensive information can be found on All three variants are present in the collection of MROsaxophones: an absolute rarity!

Conn New Wonder I : finish 1 (silver & gold)

  • Posted on: 14 March 2022
  • By: Mark

A very rare version of the Conn new Wonder series 1 alto sax has been added to the collection: an almost mint example in Finish 1. This has the matte silver-plated body in combination with gold-plated keys and a gold-plated engraving. A very fine example, and 1 of the last New Wonder series 1 altos that were built at the time. I have never seen such a beautiful example: absolute museum quality! The sax has been fully serviced and is in perfect condition both technically and optically. A real asset to my collection!