The Conn Shooting Star Alto models were produced in various guises as student-intermediate level Saxes and were made for and on behalf of Conn (usually in the USA) rather than by Conn. They sat underneath the 6M Artist models and were produced to help buyers into that Conn 'feel and sound' but at a much more affordable price.
This particular example looks to us like a Buescher stencil model based on an Aristocrat type of design from the 1930's. Although the design style is of that vintage we'd date this particular Sax to around 1960 (give or take a couple of years) and this is based on its relation to Buescher serial numbering and a few other visual clues on the horn.
So, we've established these Shooting Star models weren't pro-level instruments, and thus they're not pro level pricing, but they've still got plenty of oomph to give in the blowing department! We actually like the fact it's a little rough and ready, this is translated in the tone which is lively and quite direct. Essentially it's actually just quite fun to play and wants to help you let loose and go for it!
This sort of instrument would really be suited to an adult, a child may find it a little heavy and they keywork layout may be a bit of a stretch for a very small hand. However, its a great Sax for an adult who's coming off a cheap or cheerful (and boring!) student horn and wanting something with a lot more character but still at a bargain price.
As with all our other second hand instruments this Sax has been checked and set-up in our workshop prior to sale so you can be sure to buy in confidence knowing everything will be working to its optimum.
- Conn Shooting Star Alto Sax
- Ideal for adult player wanting some character
- Original aesthetic condition - nice working order
- Fully workshop checked and set-up with 6 month warranty
- Try in store or at home on 14 day approval
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