Intonation is extremely good - a solid powerful horn with well preserved Martin case and accessories. After Lyon & Healy stopped making their own C-Mels - based around Martin design/tooling - they had stencils mostly made by Buescher.This is the more elusive King stencil, with classic King domed cups, and, more importantly, the auxiliary Front-F mechanism - a rare find on stencil horns.First introduced in 1935, the Artist series of saxophones remained in production until 1971, when Conn exited the professional saxophone market to focus on student and intermediate models.For sale we have a 6M Alto sax in silver plate, serial number 6314XX dating to 1959.However, those two degrees made a hell of a lot of difference.Compared to their big-name Conn cousins, Cavalier saxophones were seriously watered down versions of what a saxophone could be. And haters not withstanding, those that own or have owned them, and techs who have worked on them, seem to be of the opinion that they are good vintage saxophones.
So I did some research about the brand, and it suddenly became clear to me why this brand had slipped past my radar: My research tended to focus on the pro models made by saxophone manufacturers, whereas Cavaliers saxophones were not pro-level horns. According the Conn Loyalist website: , there would be two degrees of separation between Cavalier and Conn.Perhaps the most well known saxophones produced by Conn was the Artist series models, often referred to as the “Naked Lady” saxophones.When first introduced, the Artist series saxophones often bared engraving of a nude woman inside of a pentagon, and this moniker soon became synonymous with Conn saxophones produced until 1960. Conn was responsible for many innovations in the band instrument industry, including the manufacture of the first sousaphones, and many other major manufacturers such as Olds, Martin and Buescher worked at the C. Conn factory before establishing their own companies. was once the world’s largest manufacturer of band instruments, and can claim responsibility for making Elkhardt, Indiana the band instrument capital of the world.This saxophone is one of the last of the Artist models to bare the famous “Naked Lady” portrait engraving.