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Saxophone/Conn Pan American Stencil Curved Soprano Saxophone


QUESTION: Can you give me any information on a saxophone found among my father's belongings?

Patented Dec. 8, 1014
serial 1119954
It says Beaufort, Chicago USA

Thank you,


ANSWER: Hello Margaret, it's a stencil sax made by Conn. It's a great horn.
Are you sure about the "F" in the serial number?
thanks Grant Koeller

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QUESTION: You are correct,I had the letter wrong. The serial number is P13384 and I noticed I had a typo in the year.  It is of course 1914.  I have had done nothing to clean it and would welcome your recommendations.  Could you give me a ball park figure as to what it is worth so I can make a decision about restoration?  Thank you so much for your prompt answer.

Hello Margaret, You have a wonderful curved soprano sax. Usually they are straight. Curved sopranos are way more rare and collectible. The tone is way sweeter and more sax like.
It now makes sense, the letter P stands for Pan American. That is Conn's a second line. This sax is a second line stencil sax.  The year 1914 refers to the patent information not the date of manufacture. This horn is from the late 20's and is in good condition. If it were in perfect condition, It could be worth around $665-$875. If it was a regular Conn New Wonder soprano,(top of the line)it would be worth:... "Curved soprano $2200 but Deduct 20% if keyed to Eb only". Looking at the photos, your sax goes to high F, that's great. It is Low Pitch sax which is today's pitch standard of A=440. That is great. All in all, we are looking at a fantastic playing and rare collectible sax from the 20's. Perfect for performing in a dixieland jazz group or playing the clarinet parts in a jazz big band. In it's current condition it's worth about $480-$575. It will need new pads, new felts and new corks, the body shined up and the parts and labor for a total overhaul. That could cost anywhere from $375 to $875 depending where you go. Google "NAPBIRT" for name of saxophone technicians close to your area of the country. I hope you have the original mouthpiece. I love these old horns, I have one, and they are so nice to play. Please remember that a curved soprano sax needs a special short neck strap to play. An alto neck strap will be too long. Please have fun with this rare, great historic saxophone!!
Good Luck,
Grant Koeller  


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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.


Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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