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I was just wondering if you can recognize a C Melody from an Eb Alto by a picture alone. I don't think anything was stamped on the horn identifying it as a C Melody. Thanks!
 

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Not to muddy the waters (he says as he muddies the waters), but there are a few Cmels that have a straight neck pipe, albeit rare.
 

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The picture that one of our posters has by his name shows "Tram" with a straight-necked C-Mel. Dan Levinson in NYC plays a straight-neck C-Mel.

The length of the bell is always a hint that the horn is a C-Mel and not an alto. DAVE
 

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martysax said:
You islanders and your mud!
Shoot, I'd like to see some mud. Extreme fire warning--and 9100 acres burned in brushfires last week. What a drought!
 

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Figure all Cs to have a tenor type neck except Conns from after about 1919. On a Conn or Pan-American, it will have a C above the serial number. The bell on some Cs is smaller. The only sure way is to ask for a measurement of the body WITHOUT the neck. An alto will be about 22", C Melody 24-26" and a Tenor 28+". If buying on ebay, ask before bidding. I just bid on a nice one that appeared to be a C but turned out to be a Tenor. I bid as if it was a C to protect myself. Stange thing though, 3 years ago a C Melody was a wall hanger and worth less than $100 and now some brands sell for more than an alto.
 
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