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Tenor Mouthpiece on a C-Melody Sax

arock

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I have Alto, C-Melody and Tenor Bueschers. I have many mouthpieces. Otto Link, Selmer S80, Steve Broadu NY and many original Bueschers.
Recently I put a Tenor Mouth Piece and neck on a C-Melody True Tone and WOW. What a big sound. Top to bottom.
Has anyone else tried that?
I am constantly trying four or more Mouthpieces on each new sax I get. (I buy and sell) There is more than a subtle difference in sound. Sometimes it is extreme. Sometime I will loose low end quality or top end quality. Other times it is bold or very mellow.
The point is: For those beginning on Sax, as I am, at 68, get help with your mouthpiece selection. You may not have a box full of mouthpieces to play with. Let an instructor play your horn, to make sure the combination works.
You might be better than you thought.
When all else fails, use one that came with the horn and a soft reed.
 

jonf

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My usual mouthpiece on my Conn C Mel is a tenor Brilhart Level-Air 9. Plays brilliantly. I also have a proper C Mel mouthpiece, but it's just nothing likeas punchy as the wide open, big baffle tenor piece. The only thing is the tenor piece has a long shank and has to be pushed on a good way to tune properly, but once done, it plays well in tune. I use an Quilasax curved neck to allow this. With the original straight neck the Brilhart won't go on far enough, so I use a Rico Metalite which has had 1.5cm removed from its shank. That also plays well.
 

Colin the Bear

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I do not ant a melody c.....I do not want a melody C... I do not....well perhaps a quick look on ebay wouldn't hurt...only looking mind.
 

arock

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I do not ant a melody c.....I do not want a melody C... I do not....well perhaps a quick look on ebay wouldn't hurt...only looking mind.

I have great success with C-Melody's. There are Buescher True Tones coming up, here in the US, all the time. They turn very fast if in excellent condition. The Silver ones clean up like new. They sound great. Let me know if you need help finding one. I bid on them all the time. I take orders too. My last two sold for $575 and $585 US. Shipping to UK is about $100.
If you play for fun at home or just solo, it makes no difference if it is in tune or not. :thumb: I love that Tenor Mouthpiece.
 

arock

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I have great success with C-Melody's. There are Buescher True Tones coming up, here in the US, all the time. They turn very fast if in excellent condition. The Silver ones clean up like new. They sound great. Let me know if you need help finding one. I bid on them all the time. I take orders too. My last two sold for $575 and $585 US. Shipping to UK is about $100.
If you play for fun at home or just solo, it makes no difference if it is in tune or not. :thumb: I love that Tenor Mouthpiece.

Check out this link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/920s-Buesch...149?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4acb49ef55
This is a good buy. I would go for it, but I just bought two others this week.
 

Justin Chune

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I've heard that the Brilhart Specials works great on C melody's. Alto mouthpieces work for me too.

Jim.
 

Colin the Bear

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thomsax

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I can play a small chamber tenor mouthpiece on my C tenor. A Martin* mpc (Brilhart?) plays well and at the right pitch. But the timbre is differnt compared to the C melody mpc from the 20's that are disigned for the old C tenors. You may lose the character of the C tenor with a Bb tenor mpc. If you are picky and get paid for your playing, play and get you a C tenor mpc. If you just playing for fun a Bb tenor can works as well.

I can use a Bb soporano mouthpiece on my C soprano with out any problem. As long as the mouthpice is a short/stubby one and a small chamber. A Bb bass mpc doesen't work on a C bass sax!
 

ozmoses

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I wish. It'll have to be a do upper if I get one. Something that plays but isn't collectable. It may be a challenge with a melody c.

If not a vintage then maybe something new and Chinese will turn up.

I'm new to the forum, but wanted to chime in. I've purchased 4 saxophones (two tenors, an alto and a soprano) through Ebay from Chinese manufacturers and am "amazed" at the quality of what I've found at tremendous pricepoints. Haven't purchased a C Melody yet, but I'm considering it. The one listed here is from my favorite sax company in China (3 horns). Each one has been absolutely flawless. Another local pro checked out a couple of the horns and he was shocked at how good they are (and he plays a vintage Selmer Mark VI) so a pretty good comparison. 2018 New Professioanl C Melody Saxophone Matt Coffee Sax High F# Abalone Keys | eBay

My favorite horn was my vintage King Super 20 tenor which was stolen back in 96. Haven't found anything that perfect since. :(
 

jbtsax

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I would think that a Bb tenor mouthpiece being one step away from a C tenor would be a better match than an Eb alto mouthpiece which is 1 1/2 steps away. It should be a close acoustic match if the tenor mp is pushed farther onto the cork to match the volume of the missing cone. One of my pet peeves is those players who buy a C-melody and then try to make it sound like something it is not by playing it with a high baffle tenor mouthpiece. Dan Higgins certainly plays one the way it was meant to sound.

 

Colin the Bear

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I wonder how many newbies to the forum have had food poisoning through not checking the use by date on stuff at the back of the fridge.
 

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