Friday, 29 August 2014

Brief hints and tips on how to use this blog / website (Always on top)

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 blog - click here - but new posts will be on this blog.

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 -
(btw, the pictures were taken before the repad...)