ABS C Melody Sax Mouthpiece


ABS C Melody Saxophone Mouthpiece  by Rheuben has a tone that fits the C Melody. Not bright, does not sound like a small tenor or large alto… but a C Melody Saxophone!

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ABS C Melody Sax Mouthpiece by Rheuben Allen

The C melody saxophone is a saxophone pitched in the key of C, one whole tone above the B-Flat Tenor.  In the UK it is sometimes referred to as a “C tenor”, and in France as a “tenor en ut”. The C melody was part of the series of saxophones pitched in C and F intended by the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax , for orchestral use. The instrument enjoyed popularity in the early 1900s, perhaps most prominently used by Rudy Wiedoeft  and Frankie Trumbauer , but is now uncommon.

A C melody saxophone is larger than an alto and smaller than a tenor . The bore on most models has a diameter and taper more like a ‘stretched’ alto than a tenor. When seen in profile, its shape bears some resemblance to a tenor saxophone, though it is smaller and the bell appears longer. Most C melody saxophones have curved necks (with a similar shape to that of the tenor saxophone) though C.G Conn  did make straight-necked C melody instruments (more similar to the alto). C melody saxophones are usually marked with a letter “C” above or below the serial number.

Since 1930, only saxophones in the key of B♭ and E♭ (originally intended by Sax for use in military bands and wind ensembles) have been produced on a large scale. However, in the early years of the 21st century, small-scale production of new C melody saxophones had commenced in China  for a company called Aquilasax though production ceased by 2015.

The C melody had two different neck designs one straight like the alto and one curved like a tenor neck..

Mouthpieces with hollow or big chambers product the traditional C melody sound.. many players use either an alto or tenor mouthpiece but neither product the true traditional sound… they also tend to have pitch problems….

C Melody Sax Mouthpiece by Rheuben Allen are fun to play and sound like a real C  melody player..


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C Melody Sax Mouthpiece

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