One fine day last Autumn, Lewis Pelham contacted me, to see if I had any suitable C Melody’ donor horns’ for a project he had in mind. He was quite taken by a dismantled Buescher stencil – a Lyon & Healy "American Professional" – (to quote him) ..
"It is EXACTLY what I want. Body sound but plating less than perfect; you see, I intend for it to be black, like the Impala, and I just could not paint over excellent plating. Also, the keywork, which will remain plated, is lovely…. I was slightly worried that some of the swivel screws eg, palm keys would be absent but sensibly have been put where they belong. I did not count them but assume all the fastenings are present."
(but naturally Lewis, I may be surrounded by clutter, but it’s an organised chaos !)
The comments in the article are mostly extracted from Lewis’s emails to me – detailing modifications and charting the progress of the horn and case. What a gorgeous end result, but I’d be undecided as to whether it should be played, or exhibited.
Note : This is not Lewis’ first custom C-Melody / C Tenor project – Click here for details of the Pelham – Conn ‘ Impala ‘…