Conn saxophone serial dating
The (I) and (II), or "Series I" and "Series II" is a much more recent addition to indicate significant changes. New Wonder (II) models are often referred to as "Chu" or "Chu Berry" models, after the famous tenor saxophone player, Leon "Chu" Berry.
The "Chu" or "Chu Berry" name is entirely unofficial; Conn never called these saxophones by that name. Berry didn't play a New Wonder (II) model tenor saxophone, but a later "Standard" (or "transitional") model. Conn didn't have a model called the "Transitional".
Note: From 1987 to present, add 50 to the serial number prefix to calculate the year of manufacture.*1980 - 1986 serial numbers are for student trumpet and cornets only.
Other cup mouthpiece serial numbers are not available at this time.
Logically, of course, something can only be called "transitional" from a historical perspective.
These were either New Wonder models or "Standard" models.
From 1987 on, the two-digit prefix number plus 50 will give you the year of manufacture.This may just be paranoia as I have never heard of this happening, nor can I understand how it could happen.Ideally you should have a record of the serial number with your sales receipt and won your insurance details.Here are a few things to bear in mind: When advertising an instrument for sale, you will often see the serial number referred to as 36xxxx.It is rumoured that there is a scam, by which somebody who acquires your serial number can then claim the instrument is theirs.