For years now, I’ve been favouring C Saxophones (and a C clarinet), even sold a few, and I’ve often described the C-Mel as having a (e.g.) “….sound which can vary from deep and breathy lows, to crisp and lyrical highs….”.
However, a very astute statement from the well respected Mr Stephen Howard, who admits to having played a C-Mel in a blues band, leaves me wondering “Why didn’t I really notice that ?”
Here is his comment from that scary place – alt.music.saxophone –
“In theory they’re a great idea – but in practice they have a tendency
to take the worst aspects from the alto and tenor saxes. Thus you get
the lower end response of an alto and the top end response of a tenor.
If it were the other way round….
I played one for a few years in a blues band – it was kind of fun, but
never really very satisfying.”