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If it's not, it's got a serious case of neck pull down.
 

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Ask the seller to measure the body from the bottom to the insertion point of the neck (iow, the length of the body without the neck). A tenor is 29 inches. A cmel is... gotta look it up.

here we go, from cybersax:
1) Tenors = 29.5"; 2) C-Melodies = 24"; 3) Altos = 22"
http://www.cybersax.com/QA/Q&A_Identifying_Saxophone_Types.html
 

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markwigginton said:
is this sax a c melody or a tenor? i am interested in buying it but i don;t want a c melody..
Don't buy it then. It has the wrap around alternate F# which for early Bueschers, makes it a C-Melody. The tenors had the spoon alternate F# key running parallel to the main keys (though Buescher C-Melodies after 200,XXX may have them as well, though they are more rare). Shape and length of the bell also screams C-Melody.
 
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