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GUEST, Help: problems of C-melody saxophones (5) problems of C-melody saxophones 05 Apr 02

as an owner of an alto and sop c-mel I am intrigued as why they are so variable in the way they resonate. I suspect there is something inherently right about the size of Bb and Eb instruments, but why c-mels couldnt be computer configured to resonate better I dont know. I suppose they are passe and saxes are used for brass riffs rather than melody these days, but hitting a note on a true tuned sax is so near the feel of a well controlled electric guitar, that I just love playing them, and driving everyone else mad. My sop is a Beucher, with a lovely tone and a true C# but its difficult to play over B'and the very low notes area bit boomy. My alto-tenor is a marhing band Wurlizer, which plays well, sounds a bit like a french horn, and has a dodgy C#. I hear Selmer are reviewing the way the notes are formed for C and C# in future saxes, with new keying experiments. Any comments are welcome, I have two Selmer 11 serie 80s tenor/sop in case any of you think I'm onto a loser with C-mels, but with a couple of pints of Stella I think I can take on the world with the old instruments.

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