Randy Emerick, a very good friend of mine and an aficionado of saxophone (as a professional musician, instrument repair tech, and sax collector extraordinaire) send me these two blasts from the past. He knows I have played the Conn-o-sax and actually own an F Mezzo soprano sax. I have often said they are the best saxophones I have ever played. He sez,
“About 25 years ago I went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana to do a talk on saxophone history for George Wolfe, the sax professor there. At the time Ball State was the home of the Cecil Leeson sax collection before it was moved to the Musical instrument museum. I photocopied some ads from Conn’s periodical, “Musical Truth” including the original announcements of the F-Mezzo soprano.”
It is interesting to me how they marketed the mezzo. I can tell you one of these horns in top condition fetch better prices than most vintage and used modern saxes.