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This is a Pan American, Eagle & Globe model, tenor sax made in 1933 in Elkhart,USA.
It has just been fully restored by legendary sax tech Rupert Noble at a cost of £500 - new Pro premium calf pads, all new felts/ corks and a pro rebuild - the full works, it plays great with a classic "Conn" fat tone! This is an "Eagle & Globe" model - these were essentially Conn New Wonders with straight tone holes - therefore aimed as a slightly cheaper modelb by this time Conn saxes had rolled tone holes (a more expensive manufacturing process) - to us they play exactly like a Conn, regardless of straight tone holes. We believe this one is "overlacquered" - this is slightly different to re lacquered. Conn didn't offer a lacquered finish until 1935 and the introduction of the M series saxophones (you could only buy bare polished brass, silver or gold plate). At this time Pan Americans were only available in bare polished brass and silver plate. When Conn started offering a lacquered finish many players sent their bare polished brass instrument to be lacquered at the Conn factory. Therefore these model were "overlacquered" ie it's the first time they've been lacquered - it's a little confusing as obviously the lacquer goes over the previous engraving. A re lacquered instrument would have been lacquered originally and,in time, when the lacquer had worn it would be stripped of the remaining lacquer, buffed up and relacquered. Relacquered saxes tend not to be as desirable nowadays to original due to the buffing process involved which obviously wears the metal a little and blemishes the engraving.
A few marks and little bruises here and there but mechanically super tight and and quiet, slick action - it plays perfectly with a big bold lush signature Conn sound - it's a really affordable way to get yourself an incredible vintage US horn with all the work done and ready to play for years!
These models are hard to find and not many people know how good they are - the 1930s Pan Ams were great - during the 50s Conn used the name for their student line instruments which were nowhere near the same quality as these earlier ones - it's really a case of "if you know, you know".
Top UK pro Alex Garnett (Ronnie Scott's Allstars ...) has a massive collection of incredibly valuable vintage saxes - his main two gigging horns - Pan American Eagle & Globes - check out the youtube video above.
Overall a great, vintage, American, classic horn with all the work done at a great price!
Comes complete with brand new Gator shaped flight case and of course, our famous 12 month warranty!
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*REFURBISHED - a refurbished instrument has (at the very least) been stripped, washed, cleaned, polished, professionally rebuilt and set up to play perfectly. Worn corks, felts and pads will have been replaced, spring tensions balanced, key heights adjusted etc. Some instruments will have been completely overhauled using all new pads - any specialist work or customization will be included in the instrument description.
ALL refurbished instruments come with a full 12 month warranty