Other saxophones & accessories reviews
This part of the review section is for the more
obscure members of the saxophone family, such as the C Melody - and for
related gadgets & accessories.
The C Melody, as its name suggests, is pitched in C. Given that the rest
of the family is pitched in Bb or Eb it appears that the C stands quite
alone and apart - and yet when saxes were first built they were available
in F and C as well as Bb and Eb. Rumour has it that there are even rarer
examples in other keys, though I have yet to see such beasts.
It sounds as though a sax in C ought to have been a winner - and for
a brief period in the early 20th century it was. The whole idea was to
provide a sax that could read straight off piano parts...and as television
was yet to become the opium of the masses, many people entertained themselves
and their family of an evening by bashing out a few tunes on the piano,
with perhaps other members of the family, or friends, providing accompaniment
on other instruments.
Thus the C melody was intended to fit right into this homely little scene.
Unfortunately that's about all it did do, and when radio, and later television,
became widespread the 'parlour concert' became a thing of the past...and
so did the C Melody.
But that wasn't the sole reason for its demise - it has a strange tone,
one that's neither like the alto or the tenor...and many players say that
rather than combine the best of its two brothers, it combines the worst.
As for accessories, there's virtually no limit to what you can stick
on a saxophone to better 'improve' or enhance your experience. A great
many of these things are cheap and cheerful, but a few can cost a considerable
sum of money - so it's always worth having an independent assessment of
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