Did the C melody undergo any evolution is those years ?
In case you're asking because you've never owned a C Melody and are shopping for one: the only C Melody saxophone that I have owned that played very well and (for the most part) on pitch was a Conn in "alto style" with tuner mouthpipe. The tuner things are often described as being useless, but they're actually pretty nice for slight, mid-song, single-hand adjustments. But that's not the reason. It was simply head-and-shoulders better than the "tenor style" curved neck models that both Conn and Buescher made a slew of. I had one other similar Conn without the tuner and it played almost as well. I've only owned five other C Melodies, all Conn or Buescher, but that's my experience.
Have to add that I bought all of them between 2000 and 2003 for very little money, like $150 to $250 apiece, just because they were in very good to excellent shape. For playing, I found a horn pitched in 'C' was a disadvantage more than advantageous. Tone on all of them was "thin," just like a C trumpet compared to a Bb.
The bore taper of a soprano or an alto is more than the taper of a tenor.If it were bore-size alone, I'd wonder why altos and sopranos are seemingly louder? I've heard some pretty strong C-Melodies, but others that were not as robust as Bb tenors. Again, beware of blanket statements and general assumptions. DAVE
It is simply un-informed to make blanket statements about one brand compared to another. Each horn stands on its own. The alto-style neck may be better if that's what one person likes, but the next person may prefer the tenor-style neck. It is subjective.
Intonation? Again, if someone makes a certain claim about certain brands, hope that they have compared hundreds of similar models before making such a statement. If not - opinion only. DAVE
Why is the alto style neck on the Conn better than the tenor style on the Buescher ? Ergonomics ?
Does the Conn play better in tune than a Buescher ?
I have read that the Buescher has more tenorisch sound than the conn ...
So what is the ratio of the C melody? And can you explain the sound difference to the ratios ? Is it lineal from sop to bari?The bore taper of a soprano or an alto is more than the taper of a tenor.
Typical bore tapers (the figure is the ratio length variation/diameter variation, so a lesser figure is a bigger taper):
Soprano: 16.7 Alto: 18.1 Tenor: 18.9 Baritone: 25.7.
The oldest tenors of Adolphe Sax had a taper of ~20.5 but around 1866 he changed his design (and the design of the alto as well: the oldest altos had a taper of ~17). For a reference, see Marten Postma's website, which has detailed measurements.
Some claim that Adolphe Sax's "tenor en ut" (C tenor) and the C-melody are different instruments but I've not seen an argument to substantiate their claim. A possibility would be that Sax's orchestral family (C soprano, F alto, C tenor,...) kept the archaic proportions. It would make sense because the "military" Bb tenor needed more projection than the orchestral C tenor.
extra . . .: NEWSFLASH . . . It is one thing to offer an experience with one (or many) saxophones; it is another thing to make blanket statements about all saxophones based on a limited playing experience. I don't know if you've done that - or not. But you chose to make light of my post. Do you really think that based on a limited playing experience that is a good practice to pass along your experiences as FACT? Haven't you played similar models and found differences?
There have been plenty of experiences/opinions offered - and most honest posters make sure that readers KNOW it is merely opinion. Others go off on one brand or model as if ALL of those saxophones are the same. It just isn't true and some of us know that.
By the way, my comments in this thread were not directed to you, extradarcafe. If you thought I was attacking you, you are mistaken. They were a general comment about some of the myths and other things I've read over the years here on SOTW. DAVE