Conn and Buescher C Melody saxes in action !

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 )

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5 Responses to Conn and Buescher C Melody saxes in action !

  1. Gandalfe says:

    Hey, welcome back to the land of the bloggers. We missed youse! Luv this clip to death.  8)

  2. Lewis Pelham says:

    Duly reporting back….I have really missed this site.

  3. Lewis Pelham says:

    Alan’s quote:- “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 !”
    It really depends upon being accustomed. I have been playing my curly neck Buescher, on & off, since 1993 &, to me, it seems normal.
    The Triumph Herald had the steering wheel offset to the right & the pedal box offset to the left resulting in a twisted driving position. After a while it seemed entirely normal.
    It was said that one could recognise a Herald owner in a restaurant…he ate off the plate of the customer to his right!

  4. Mal-2 says:

    The Conn C-mel sounded like an alto — in fact the setup it reminded me of most was my own alto with a Conn Steelay on it. Except for the two spots where he discernibly ran into the bottom three notes on the horn, I would have failed a blindfold test and said it WAS an alto. I wish I could blow like that though…
    Then when the Buescher C-mel came in… sure enough, it sounded almost but not quite like a tenor, just like it does in my own hands. The high notes rang like an alto, the bottom boomed like a bright tenor, and overall it sounded much more like a tenor than like an alto. Again I’d love to be able to blow like that!

  5. Lewis Pelham says:

    With regard to the alleged discomfort of playing the curly-neck C tenor, due to it’s high playing position.
    All the vintage tenors, including the C, had an exaggerated, small radius hump in the neck. It occurs to me that if the neck of a C tenor were re-fashioned to replicate the shallow curve of a more modern tenor, this would, in effect, lower the horn.
    OK the brace & possibly the octave rocker would need modification, but that should not be a problem.
    Possibly a market here for the Replacement Custom Neck manufacturers.

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