C Tenor Saxophone

C Tenor Saxophone

C Tenor Saxophone range

Of the family of C and F instruments that Adolph Sax originally envisioned, the C Tenor, commonly known as a C Melody, was by far the most popular.   It was highly popular throughout the 1920s and many instruments are still extant (with a few modern instruments now being produced).  Procurement is usually fairly easy, but mouthpieces are less common (B-flat Tenor mouthpieces do not work on the C Melody).  The same company (Aquilasax) that is producing modern C Sopranos is also producing a modern C Tenor.  These instruments are said to be very good.

In sound it is somewhat akin to the Alto (like the F Alto is akin to the B-flat Soprano).  The bore is narrower than that of the larger B-flat Tenor, and thus produces a lighter sound.  I find this sound will mix better with strings and double reeds than will the B-flat Tenor.

Piece for C Tenor and Harp

Sax-O-Trix by Rudy Wiedoeft

Liebesfreud by Kreisler

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