Not wishing to steal one of Gandalfe’s posts (click here for his blog) or his thunder – but having examined the instrument, I have concluded that from the overall dimensions, and the fact that the bottom leg of the ‘bell B’ guard is well above the joint, that this is in fact a giant C-Melody sax…
Such taste, no other sax would do for such a prestigious display ! I’d hate to have to repad that one… Although it’s hinted that it’s a “double e-flat contrabass sax” – I recon from the date (1924) and overall build, it’s a “C-Sub-Contra-Melody“
The young lady’s legs (not that I was staring…) do look decidedly two dimensional, and she’s going to need a longer neck strap 😦 . I think she is somewhat ‘staged’- I can’t imagine anyone going on tip-toe on top of a pair of steps that high – think what ‘Health & Safety’ and ‘The Nanny State’ would have to say about that in 2009.
That’s made my day, the biggest C-Melody in the world. Any idea of shipping costs to the UK ? Thanks to Gandalfe, and Terry Hummer, wonderful find – not, as you’d expect, from a musical paper, but from Popular Mechanics – June 1924.