(links being checked and added,April 13, 2009 )
Useful C-Melody forums are -
SaxOnTheWeb Forum - they have a C-Melody section and much more
- and from Germany, the Saxwelt C-Tenor / C-Melody Forum
Also well worth a look are -
- and the former Saxgourmet forum - now called the " Nations of Music " forum, what next.....?
and from the UK, Pete Thomas' excellent The Breakfast Room
And some Goodies from me...
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A very useful Saxophone Pad size Chart
plus a full Wind & Brass Maintenance and Repair Manual in Acrobat (.pdf) format
Note - saxophone repair starts on page 68 -
========================== UK Repair parts contacts ===========================
They even list C Melody Pad Sets - GB50C Conn - Res-o-Pads Set £22.50, GB60C Buescher Set £31.44
========================== Repair info and techniques ==========================
These are just a sample of web-pages found by searching the internet through something like 'Google' for (e.g.) 'sax repair tips'. Have a look around, there are more. Please let me know if any of my links stop working - Steve Goodson's and others seem to have just vanished,' Oh no', there they are again, well, some of them..........
Paul Coats 'series' Sax Pad Replacement Neck Cork Replacement
Note : Some of the saxontheweb links are changing (new server) - if they don't work, then follow this link to the Learning Page and slide down to the "Instruments and Accessories " links. Check out the Front Page as well - lots of good stuff !
** PLUS ==> ARTICLES BY PAUL COATS - now on the Saxgourmet site, with loads of other stuff.
Saxgourmet / Steve Goodson Main Menu
Preventive Maintenance and Emergency Repair Supplies - Replacing corks - Overhaul Overview - Saxophone Necks - Replacing a spring - Removing stuck screws - Setting up a key - Choosing the Right Case
Stephen Howard Woodwind ( UK )
Hints main menu
Oiling the action. Oiling the bore. Recork a sax crook. Curing sticky pads. Testing the action. Soprano sax octave key spring. Testing leaky pads. Conn Microtuner. Springhooks. Warped tone holes. Recork a tenon. Replace a cork / needle spring.
Clive's Adjusting clarinet speaker mechanisms technique ( and other twiddlers ) - useful info, nice bloke.
Musicmedic - Basic types of leaks And lots of other useful info, here's the Repair Articles Page
- including info on Conn Res-O Pads , and how to measure them.
Words of wisdom from Ferrees - leading manufacturer of musical repair tools
================= A few others, but they seem to come and go......... ===============
Alternative Materials and Techniques for Saxophone Repair - by Steve Goodson
Saxophone Materials - by Cybersax - almost every aspect including glues etc. Excellent !
================= Useful equipment, suppliers, and add-ons ===============
Aquilasax (NZ) - C Melody Gig-Bags , C-Melody Mouthpiece , Necks, plus Reeds etc. - Personally recommended !
Case Handles (UK) - Leather - from your local Maplins shop - here's one Gordon Brown fitted earlier
Case handles (US) - Leather - they ship cheaply to the UK and Europe - check out the " Buckle-End Handles "
DEG C-Melody Sax Case - ref. ACC318 - now available in the UK from Dawkes - £99 plus £5 shipping in the UK
Silver Plating in a Pot - and from the Caswell in the UK as well................
SaxRax Repair Stand - click on 'Products' then 'Repair Stands' - just the thing for the office.....
Magnetic Dent Removal Balls - all you ever wanted to know, and more, need to get some !!!
The Codera ADDjust® Balancer - click on 'Products', an adjustable 'strap-ring' and some interesting neck-straps
SAX-ON - "The Support System for Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass Saxophone and Bass Clarinet" (their words...)
The Votaw Tool Company - US company, but they ship to the UK, it's an interesting site
(links re-checked up to here,March 23, 2009 )
All this info is supplied purely in good faith, but links and content may vary. As websites can vanish unexpectedly, you may be well advised to 'print off' any useful info, or even 'save' the page - purely as a backup against that eventuality. I am assuming that, as this info is published 'in the public domain', I am OK to link to it and recommend the contents. It is subject to copyright, if only as a gentleman's agreement - please consult the owner of a website first before doing anything other than just using the contents as a personal reference . It's always a nice idea to send the author an email saying 'Thanks'... ( You're welcome...... )
With sincerest thanks to those sites I've linked to !
N.B. You may need to use your browsers 'back arrow' to return to this page, if you leave my site.
Please let me know if any of these links stop working, or indeed of any you'd like included - there are literally millions of links, but I've listed a few here that are either specifically related to C-Mels etc. or musically interesting and/or very useful. There are also some useful links if you scroll back ^^UP ^^ into the Repair Resources section, above.
" C " specific....
Aquilasax (NZ) - C Melody Gig-Bags , C-Melody Mouthpiece , affordable Replacement C-Melody Necks, plus Reeds etc. - Personally recommended ! And now, new prototype pictures, the first Modern C-Tenor Saxophone for many decades.......
Amazing sounds from a Buescher C-Melody - as well as some other great samples - nice one Greg !
A View of the C. - The Fall and Rise of the C-melody Saxophone. - the humour of John Robert Brown
Beaugernier-LeBlanc modern C-Melody Sax - engraved 'Vito' - thanks to Anke Moessner
C-Melody Saxophone Reeds - These are older stock reeds produced in the 40's, Box of 5 $20.00, available in 2/3/3.5
C-Soprano Sax Mouthpiece - by Edward Pillinger - respected London (UK) bespoke mouthpiece manufacturer
CyberSax, C-Melody info Setup Issues and Mouthpieces
Dave Pietro - another modern C-Mel player, plays Selmer C-Melody sax
Gary Regina - (quote) Gary plays a myriad of instruments including C Melody, Alto (sometimes both of these at once) and Soprano Saxophones, Wind Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Ethnic Flutes and Vocals.
The Lyons C Clarinet - a beginner's instrument that can last a lifetime
The Martin C-Melody Sax - an excellent epic - courtesy of Stephen Howard Woodwind
Oscar - Adler C-Melody saxophone, from New Zealand
The Pelham Conn - a beautiful C-Melody conversion - if you don't like black, look away now...
Rudy Wiedoeft- - and how Saxophobia Launched the Saxual Revolution - by Eugene Garfield
Rudy Wiedoeft - his biography from the " Wiedhoffts of London " family history research
Scott Robinson - discography, plus an article by him about his interest in C-Mels
Slater Street Saxophone Quartet playing Ragtime Suite - I'm sure the high sax is a C-Soprano, if not, there must be a C-Melody in there somewhere, anyway - it's great......
Smart & Sold - Unusual name for a website owned by a C-Mel player from Germany. This is the page with Zinner and Runyon C-Mel mouthpieces for sale. Don't be put off by the language, the lady speaks excellent English. Highly recommended. Owner of the Beaugernier-LeBlanc modern C-Melody Sax !
Stephen Ashworth - Oxford, UK, proud owner of a King C-Mel
Tram's solo's - alto or C-Mel ? - with a some nice sound samples, courtesy of Normal Field
Wade Walkers C-Melody site - links to the C-Mel forum, where it all started for me......
Zinner , Hans - great German mouthpieces, including Strathon Adjustotone and the new C-Melody " Jazz " mouthpiece
....and more general links
Adolphe Sax, Statue and Street - from Dinant in Belgium, this is where it all started .........>>>
JJ Babbitt - the home of Otto Link , Meyer , Guy Hawkins , and Wolfe Tayne mouthpieces
Berg Larsen mouthpieces - courtesy of Bill Lewington Musical Instruments - especially useful for the mouthpiece lay comparison charts, this is the site index
Bill Clinton, the man, the saxophone - red, white, blue and brassy - and that's just the sax ! Courtesy of the US National Music Museum
Bootman's Reed Drilling Process - and his very comprehensive mouthpiece (etc.) links
Buescher Advertising Gallery - courtesy of SaxOnTheBeach, a galaxy of old Buescher ads, books and pictures
The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Site - penny , tin , Irish and low-D whistles - funny as well....
-and the Chiff and Fipple Forum - a real gem - jazz players need not enter !
Cornet Compendium - see ' CHAPTER 6 - MANUFACTURERS ' - useful snippets about companies and sax production
How to pack a sax for shipping - courtesy of CyberSax
Historic Saxophone Ads - more of the ones on this website
Horn of Plenty - an 'Aulochrome' stereo soprano ( see the picture, opposite >>>> )
Jazz on Film - a great reference site
John Myatt Woodwind & Brass - this is the 'accessories' page
Keyless Saxophone anyone ? - well, never have to pay for an overhaul.....
Another Keyless Saxophone - on which Sigurd Rascher was capable of playing a four octave scale !
King Saxophones - H.N. White - lots of catalogue pics and historical reference
Klezmer - all you need to know, examples, styles, exercises..... ( in Adobe ' .pdf ' format )
Lars Kismer's Music Trader - Serial number lists, and much more
Lyon & Healy Saxophone Catalog - 1926
The Martin Story - a great site by Edwin van Druten, thanks Edwin !
Even more Martin Pics & Info from Saxpics
Origins of Orchestral Saxophones in F & C - Sir Edmund K-T
Pete Thomas' Saxophone site - info, exercises and a lot more, and from the UK !!
Pete's Saxophone Links - a link to a great page of mostly US links, and The Sax Ring . Thanks Pete !
The Saxophone - definition by Wikipedia
Saxophones.co.uk - they even sell the odd C-Melody....
Saxwelt - the biggest German-speaking saxophone page in the net, some in English !
Selmer Woodwind Catalog - 1932
Tubax site , plus great sound samples, Serge Bertocchi plays Bach on the Tubax
- and Randy Emerick plays Stardust
USPS Postal Rates to the UK - and useful Customs info, valid at August 2005
The Vintage Saxophone Gallery Database Project - from saxpics.com
Wierd Woodwinds - from Dr Allreed, a.k.a. Dr Alan Mandel If it's unusual - it's here !
Wikipedia - the 'different' online encyclopedia - recommended
Wood - all you ever needed to know, and some terrific pics - if you're into wood, that is.....
Woodwind Fingering Guides - including saxophone altissimo, what more can I say ?
WWOZ - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage station, great jazz, ! Temporarily in Baton Rouge
* * * * Some Internet Sounds * * * *
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer site - and my favourite track.....
Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra - downloads from redhotjazz.com - Paul Whiteman and his Band
The Simpsons music, 100 clips in mp3 format, plus much more... especially these favourites-
Almost makes me want to buy a bari (again...) Lisa - the Billie Holliday of Grade 2
The sax-player does a great Tom Scott impression, or is it...? Good 'ole Bleedin' Gums Murphy!