An historical cataloging project of Conn saxophone engravings
Welcome to what aims to be the most comprehensive collection of Conn saxophone engraving art in the world.
An idea born in 2020 during Covid-19 with the hopes of bringing the love of Conn saxophones together globally, we begin our quest!
At the heart of Connsortia is our chronnological gallery project.
The goal… catalog every single Conn saxophone engraving from 1888 to 1955, no matter how ornate or simple. An amazing journey through the evolution, rise & ultimate fall of one of the most unique art forms by the unparalled leaders in the art.
The iconic lady in the window, or as most call her now, the ‘naked lady’. So familiar to many. But do you really know her? From small engraver to engraver variances, to smiles, seductive looks and downright angry scowls, to hairstyles that changed over time… see her evolution first hand for the very first time.
Without equal, master engravers Charles & Julius Stenberg have reigned supreme for over 100 years as the music world’s most accomplished engraving artisans. Serving a combined tenure at Conn of over 136 years, they created legendary engravings on all types of instruments. This gallery chronnicals they lives’ work across the bells of the equally fabled saxophones they embellished.
We open these new sections of The Conntinuum with a very special two related post presentation that focus on Billy True, a one-man saxophone section.
In 1997, Paul Cohen wrote an article about Billy True in the Saxophone Journal, reprinted in our Guest Conntributions section here.
As a follow up to the original article, Paul Cohen collaborated with CONNsortia in our site’s first ‘Conncentration on a Horn’, to present an even deeper dive into the story behind Billy and his Conn saxophones, along with a detailed look at how he designed his setup, along with the story of how Paul came to acquire it in ‘Billy True’s One Man Band – A Most Innovative Conntraption’
Submit your photos to the gallery
Help us build the world’s first catalog of Conn engravings by sending us photos of your sax.
We will even give you tips on how to get the best shot possible.