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Conn, Ltd., C.G.  Search this
C. G. Conn Ltd.  Search this
saxophone: 22 in x 8 3/4 in x 5 1/8 in; 55.88 cm x 22.225 cm x 13.0175 cm
neck: 9 in x 3 1/4 in x 1 7/16 in; 22.86 cm x 8.255 cm x 3.65125 cm
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United States: Indiana, Elkhart
The Henri Selmer Company of Paris, France manufactured this Radio Improved Selmer Super Sax, around 1935. This C-melody tenor saxophone was sold by C.G. Conn, of Elkhart, Indiana, the exclusive distributor of Selmer’s Paris products in the United States. James E. Frew played this saxophone during the early 20th century. His family donated it to the museum in 1979 as an example of a saxophone widely available in early 20th century America. According to Selmer, the Super Sax was designed to improve studio recording and live radio performances. It was tuned to the key of C, enabling the amateur player to play standard sheet music, without having to transpose in the keys of B-flat or E-flat, like most saxophones.<p>
The saxophone is decorated with engraved floral scrollwork and is inscribed “Radio Improved Henri Selmer Paris [Signature](H. Selmer) 4 Place Dancourt Pari. No. 19513 Sole Agents US & CAN [Logo](C.G. Conn, Ltd. Elkhart, IN) REG US Pat. Off. Made in France. SSS.”
Currently not on view
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Gift of James E. Frew family
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
America on the Move
Music & Musical Instruments
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National Museum of American History