Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Kohlert C-Melody / C-Tenor Saxophone - the two generations



On the left,  my early Kohlert C-Melody / C-Tenor saxophone from the 1920-30's, recently acquired.  On the right, possibly one of the last manufactured Kohlert C-Melody / C-Tenor saxophones - pictures courtesy of its owner, Kari Riikkil√§ from Finland, who says it is from 1977, which could give the two C's an age difference of around 50 years.




I was lucky enough to acquire my early Kohlert C-Melody / C-Tenor saxophone recently - the silver plated one on the left - by 'internet bidding' at a UK auction.  Not on ebay.co.uk, but an actual established UK auction site, Bamfords.  The only downside, apart from the lightning speed of the bidding, which was over less than 20 seconds, was having to arrange my own shipping from the (quite remote) auction site to my home.

The reason I say, somewhat tentatively, 1920-30's, is that I cannot date the sax because it has no serial number that I can find, there is NO information stamped on the back of the body at all...  There is a possibility that it could have been made elsewhere for Kohlert, as a stencil, and some features lead me to the assumption that it was definitely made 'this side of the pond', in Europe.  It has yet to be overhauled to full playing order, some of the current pads are, at best, 'hopeful' (the bow Eb pad is perched on top of the cup...)

As for the 'last' 1977 Kohlert C, the two-tone C on the right, looking at them in side profile the thing that immediately srikes me is how much lower down the 'sling-ring' is and how much higher up the thumb-hook is on the '77.  Other than that, the profiles and proportions of both bodies are quite similar.  The 77's owner,  Kari sent me a photobucket link to his photos of it, so I can offer links to albums, and slideshows, for them both !  Enjoy, click on the links below to enjoy the pictures.


          Early (1920-30's) Kohlert C-Melody / C-Tenor saxophone pictures

          Late (1977) Kohlert C-Melody / C-Tenor saxophone pictures

          Or as a slideshows - below - scaled to fit both on the same screen....

** Usage hint, hover over each slideshow to see the 'options bar', and click on any of the pictures to see it in a full size window...




                                          1920-30's above, 1977 below....

Friday, 29 August 2014

Brief hints and tips on how to use this blog / website



1) Welcome, this blog/website covers a few diverse topics, not just C Saxophones. If you'd like to just view (e.g.) just 'C' related posts, look to your right for a Section titled "Select which type of Posts to view...", and click on "C-Melody / C-Tenor Saxophones" - and only those posts will be shown. Click on 'Home' in the top LH corner, or "Show all Posts" at the top of the page, to show everything.  Check out the 'tabs' above too.

2) You can still read the old posts etc. on the original csax.net blog - click here - but new posts will be on this blog.  I'm working on all the 'returns' to come back here, but in the interim you may have to use your browser 'back' key.

3)  To be able to comment on any of the Posts or Pages here, you will need a Google login (or an associated account, i.e. Wordpress, Yahoo, Flickr, myspace, OpenID etc.) - for more info, and/or to get an OpenID account, please click here.  That's about it, scroll down the screen to continue, enjoy !

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

(Test 4) - Embed a SoundCloud mp3 track on Blogger.....

On a King C-Melody sax, with a Jody Jazz (alto) HR* 9M mouthpiece - rather open tip - and a Rico Royal #2 BASS Clarinet reed... Rather eccentric setup, but, apart from the tip opening (.105" ?), quite a bit of similarity to the old 20's setup... The bass clari reed is an excellent fit for the JJ alto mouthpiece table/tip profile.
AS I now play Bb tenor, I could be searching for a slightly more unique and/or individual C-Tenor sound than the normal 'tenor mouthpiece' type !





And now for something completely different - just a bit of a waffle on tenor sax, decades ago, way down in the mix, at a recording session in Wokingham - Peter Howe was the singer. Who dubbed that squeak in ????

(Test 3) How easy is it to put a Youtube Video up on Google Blogger ?



Guess it's just a case of going into Youtube and 'sharing' it with the big orange B (above)....

How about embedding the code (below, using latest code, not the old set), after selecting the size ?



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

(Test 2) A bare-brass King C-Melody (C-Tenor) saxophone.

Just a trial of embedding a slideshow from Picasa Web Albums - the horn is a bare-brass King C-Melody (C-Tenor) saxophone.  Enjoy the pictures...

btw, the mouthpiece is a Couf 'slimline' tenor sax ebonite 'jazz' (high step baffle), J10S.



Friday, 30 August 2013

(Test 1 - port topic from old blog) Now that Really IS a leaky tonehole....



... and it's not a Martin  !  (it's not magic, either) Carolyn emailed me, and put some pictures up on Flickr of an interesting C-Melody saxophone she's acquired. It's marked J.R. LAFLEUR & SON LTD, 147 WARDOUR STREET, LONDON. W1

Here's the link to the Flickr photo set (click here)

At a quick glance you'd notice the'Pontiac rings' on the bell/bow joints, and that (partially) soldered tonehole, and say "Ah - Martin or IBI Co".  But then there's both bell toneholes on the same side, and the long soldered 'guard' feet so typical of European design.  So, a little more investigation is called for. I guess more will be added later, as the mystery unravels...  Any suggestions as to the origins ?

Some of the angular bits on the mechanism (and the bow/bell joint rings) are very similar to my recently acquired Kohlert C-Melody  - but only some !

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

My 1931 Martin C-Melody Sax - you've seen it before...


The C-Sax Annexe is slowly rising - like Pheonix - from the ashes... This is just exploring if / how I can integrate pictures from my Flickr sets. Made in the early 30's, and now (mostly) repadded with cheap Chinese reflector pads - they aren't that bad - it's a very useful instrument.

Shame about the 'up-front and close' playing position, but that's the way it was in the Roaring 20's. I do draw the line at 'Dapper Dan' hair gel tho' :-)

Click on this link to view the complete set - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dorsetdriftwood/sets/72157604276618293/
(btw, the pictures were taken before the repad...)