A friend of mine dropped $30k on a mint Conn-O-Sax and some more on a mint Sarrusophone. I took pictures for the SOTW calendar project. Then my friend let me play the Conn-O-Sax which is an F mezzo instrument. It had a very sweet sound and the keyworks were surprisingly excellent for a sax of this vintage. I wanted to play longer.
This friend sells hundreds of instruments on eBay every year. Indeed, he has sold me some of my favorite instruments including a Couf Superba I alto sax. I also purchased a Buffet R-13 Festival Bb soprano clarinet for my wife. She loves it and certainly practices more than I do.
I also purchased my grandson Nicky a student model Martin alto saxophone. I love to hear him noodling around on it. He doesn’t really practice it very much but next week he starts taking regular lessons on it from me.