Now that really IS a leaky tonehole…

… and it’s not a Martin  !  (it’s not magic, either)

Carolyn emailed me, and put some pictures up on Flickr of an interesting C-Melody saxophone she’s acquired.


Here’s the link to the Flickr photo set (click here)

At a quick glance you’d notice the’Pontiac rings’ on the bell/bow joints, and that (partially) soldered tonehole, and say “Ah – Martin or IBI Co“.  But then there’s both bell toneholes on the same side, and the long soldered ‘guard’ feet so typical of European design.  So, a little more investigation is called for.

I guess more will be added later, as the mystery unravels…  Any suggestions as to the origins ?  Some of the angular bits on the mechanism (and the bow/bell joint rings) are very similar to my recently acquired Kohlert C-Melody  – but only some !

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1931 Martin C-Melody Sax – you’ve seen it before…

The C-Sax Annexe is slowly rising – like Pheonix – from the ashes…
This is just exploring if / how I can integrate pictures from my Flickr sets. Made in the early 30’s, and now (mostly) repadded with cheap Chinese reflector pads – they aren’t that bad – it’s a very useful instrument.
Shame about the ‘up-front and close’ playing position, but that’s the way it was in the Roaring 20’s. I do draw the line at ‘Dapper Dan’ hair gel tho’ 🙂

Click on this link to view the complete set –


(btw, the pictures were taken before the repad…)

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My Conn C Soprano saxophone

My Conn C Soprano saxophone.


( just a test post from, to check that it’s all still working

    – guess I’d better start posting here now ‘for real’, eh ? )

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Ever feel like the world is closing in around you ?

OK it’s not in Dorset, this is in Sopot, in Poland – but then Polish is heard all over Weymouth – ” Witamy w Dorset ! ”  This really is how the world feels, some days, I’m sure I’m regressing to childhood… Does that mean that at some stage I’ll be too young to drink (again) ? Amazing design !

The Crooked House
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Bye Bye Guitarists…

Bit surreal this – but I have this wonderful vision of all the over-loud attention-seeking guitarists sailing away into the sunset on their axes…  Can’t wait to see ’em all jammed up in the canal locks.

Apologies to all the sensitive, quiet, unassuming and caring guitarists that I’ve enjoyed playing with over the decades, of course this doesn’t apply to you !

Thanks to Greg Fiske for sharing Fuzz James‘s photo. 

P.S. Watch out for those saxophone playing submariners, “torpedoes away !”

Update 07 July : btw, it IS for real – CLICK HERE for the full story – what did we ever do before Google ?

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Now mostly posting at The Dorset C Sax Annexe…

Click on this link – or the picture above – to visit the other website…

Confused, they both look quite similar ?  It’s just that – having just passed 65 – and becoming more aware of my own mortality, I’d like to leave something behind me !  This self-hosted website will vanish once the monthly hosting payments cease, as will the domain, but (hopefully) the WordPress-hosted site – The Dorset C Sax Annexe – will live on a lot longer…

In due course I’ll be ‘porting’ (good word !) all of the topics/posts/comments from here – checking back thro’ old posts here, more than a few of the links to pics etc. have changed, so I’ll need to update those.   All the existing C-Sax resources (web pages) ‘behind’ the blog will still remain, for my foreseeable future – and be accessible from both sites.    

I’ll be commenting more on daily life over at the Dorset C Sax Annexe, and this site probably end up with the more complex specific C ‘stuff’, I can ‘do more’ in terms of graphics and presentation on this site.  However, in the fullness of time, ‘the best of’ this website will migrate across to the ‘Annexe’ as a permanent ‘C reference and guide’, maybe even surviving into the 22nd Century in time for the next C Sax Revival  !  All I can say is – enjoy both, see you there, and here  !

Kind Regards,   Alan


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Welcome to the annexe !

This ‘WordPress hosted’ site is being developed as a ‘free’ backup to the main website & blog at

I’ll be trying out a few things here, some different things, that may well be linked to the main site at – in the meantime, if you want the full resources, click on the five picture links on the right >>>>>

The intention is that this backup site might live for ever – unlike me – or as long as WordPress, Youtube and Fileden provide free hosting and storage… So now for a few media tests, check the pages – top right – for more

Dave Pietro, Canto Triste (short sample from the Embrace album)

And all this on a Martin ‘Home’ C model with only 12 (yes, twelve) keys –

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