Hopefully I’ll be soon putting up some decent sound samples (rather than quick sound-bytes) on the bare-brass Aquilasax C, seen here sharing a chair with my early 30’s Martin C, and my solitary Bb tenor, a Melody Master Martin stencil, probably from the mid-30’s – a bit of a ‘diamond in the rough…’
The Bb tenor is also getting a bit of attention lately, I missed playing tenor ! I could almost see alto getting squeezed out of the current favourites list. Makes good sense, as my C & Bb soprano’s share the same mouthpieces and reeds, and the Bb and C tenors do likewise.
Alto has always been a rewarding sax to play in the past, but (for me) always needs more work to keep up ‘to a good standard’ than any of the others, so, unless I really concentrate on playing alto – usually to the detriment of the other saxes – it can also at times be a frustrating instrument. At the moment the Aquilasax C, with the alto style neck, nicely compliments the Bb tenor, and (as I’ve said before) conveniently shares reeds and mouthpieces with it.
Seems that I’m moving away from regarding the C-Mel as a small tenor, conveniently in C, to actually using the Aquilasax as a gutsy C-alto. Hmmmm, strange turn of events, I’ll just keep playing and see how it all turns out…