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    Default Armstrong Alto serial number info...

    Just out of curiosity, I have an Armstrong alto and was wondering if anyone knew the year and place it was made. It says Armstrong on the bell and has a serial number --- N197184.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Made in 1984 in Nogales, Arizona. I'm almost certain it's a Conn 18M with nicer keyguards.
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    Default Re: Armstrong Alto serial number info...

    Thank you Stocker for the info. According to this chart, http://www.conn-selmer.com/en-us/abo...ers/armstrong/ I assumed it was from 1965. What did you use to determine it is a Conn 18M??

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    Default Re: Armstrong Alto serial number info...

    Every Armstrong alto I've seen from that era and that plant was a re-branded Conn. Armstrong didn't build saxes in-house until the '70s, so the serial number chart is only applicable to flutes at that point.

    Armstrong was purchased by Dan Henkin, the owner of Conn, in 1981 and saxophone production moved to the Conn plant in Arizona shortly thereafter.
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