JoeG wrote at 2009-03-07 08:41:51
I have a Pan American tenor sax from around 1950. It is a great sounding instrument with an easy action. Sadly it looks pretty awful with scratched and peeling lacquer but its better than a modern low budget horn. If you cost a repad,adjustment against the cost of a new low budget horn there's no competition.
Hard Boppin wrote at 2009-05-29 22:20:12
To say that second line horns were student models isn't in fact true either, as you will see if you read Cybersax.com, the Conn Loyalist or Sax Pics. At that time the distinctions of today--student, intermediate, professional--didn't exist, but what did exist were secondary lines that sold at a lower price because they had older design features or didn't have the latest innovations. These lines were in a couple of cases originaly manufacturers in their own right which were bought up by the big brands and continued to produce instruments. Hence Martin bought up The Indiana Band Instrument Co., which produced the Indiana, H.N. White which produced the King line bought the Cleveland Instrument Co to sell Clevelands, and Conn bought The Pan American Co., which it used to produce its marching band line. These weren't student models in the modern sense, anymore than a Dodge was the student model of Chrysler, or Olds that of Cadillac.
Candyboy wrote at 2009-06-25 02:14:43
The Pan AM's are the best bang for the buck if you are looking for the best sound for dollar spent. If you have the old sax repadded and stripped of old laquer you will have a secret weapon to blow away any oncomers in any smoke filled bar.
super20 wrote at 2010-04-29 13:57:46
I agree that Pan Americans are 2nd line horns.
But most of them have the same body like Conn saxophones have.
Especially Pan Americans produced between 1925 and 1929 are very very good instruments.
Pan Americans from this era all have serial numbers with a "P" at the beginning.
Serial number P19164 says that Mary´s Saxophone was produced in 1925.
This early Pan Americans don´t have the power of a real Conn, but they have a very fine, centered, more modern sound and a very good intonation.
So, if you have a Pan American in good shape ...
Warren wrote at 2013-03-14 13:36:30
I agree with Jonas but I would like to add that this model of saxophone is often underestimated. I have owned and played one for the last 20 years. Big powerful sound that I actually prefer over modern instruments. I also have a Selmer SA80 and a Yamaha YAS62 which are great instruments but no match in my opinion for the Pan American vintage tenor.