I own a Hawkes & Son C melody and seldom play it. It is in brushed silver finish and plays fine. The bell keys are direct action and that makes them heavy to operate. I have a cheap c mel. mouthpiece for it but prefer to use alto or tenor. I read that John Dankworth had one the same as mine but don't know if he ever recorded with it. I only paid £150. for it and bought it as a novelty.