Thanks to milandro for putting up this saxontheweb link to a YouTube Video of the Chateauguay Tenors playing alto, c-melody, and tenor saxes, in an epic topic started by Captain Beeflat, a.k.a. Lewis – Snobbery associated with the C Melody. It’s quite unusual to so easily be able to compare the sound of a Conn C-Melody with a Buescher C-Melody, albeit in the hands of two slightly different style players – Al Mclean and Cameron Wallis.
Had initially been a post about the Conn C-Mel, but these sharp old eyes spotted that when the guy on the left stops playing his Conn C-Mel to switch to tenor (on which he has a remarkably similar style) – at around 2:15 the more aggressive alto player on the right switches to what looks suspiciously like a Buescher C-Mel. It’s too small to be a tenor – and you can occasionally glimpse the Buescher ‘man in the moon’ neck brace if you’ve quick reactions.
TWO C-Melody saxes in one clip, whatever next ?
Can’t quite make out the mouthpieces yet, the Buescher seems to have a traditional ‘stock’ shape – could they be originals ?
Always been a source of amusement to me that the Conn C hangs comfortably low like a tenor – and usually sounds more like an alto – but all the rest of the C’s can lean more towards a tenor’ish sound (choosing my words carefully here… 🙄 ) but have an ‘up and close’ playing position that really only suits alto players in a neck brace 😆
Maybe that’s why most other C’s play more aggressively than the Conn’s - because of the discomfort and pain ? C’est la vie !
( with extracts from my saxontheweb comments )