C-melody Tenor

Nickel with gold lacquered keys

Silver plate and Gold lacquered keys.

Black nickel

Bare brass, no protective coating.

Standard Gold lacquer.
1919 Conn Satinsilver C melody Tenor.

Black beauty

Old Conn C mel and New Csax
prototype in bare brass.
 The  body is slightly longer to
allow for the high F# tone hole.
The production model has
some slight modifications to the
key positions

Conn alto 6m and new C sax  prototype
Left side below

RETRO octave key

New C sax with NZ Paua shell thumb button insert
Wide and comfortable with Selmer style octave key! (discontinued)

New RETRO with closer Bis Key

Silver replacement for Conns

Holton C mel, new neck

Engraver with sample.
Is this ok?

Below are some sound samples using the same song and the same mouthpiece so you can listen for the difference in metallurgy.

Silver plated C sax with new Wide Body mpc and straight neck.

Bare Brass sax, wide body mpc, curved neck
Nickel plated C sax, Wide body mpc, curved neck.

Patent number and serial # under thumb hook.

Satin Silver and satin nickel comparison

The C-melody Tenor sax, the sax that made the 20's roar, has resurrected!
                        "C tenor, the sensible Sax" (user friendly)
                              Playing sax has never been easier!
The Patented new C tenor production began in 2007.
It is a narrow bore, as  usual, with a completely modern ergonomic keywork design, going to high F#.
It has a curved neck as standard with a straight neck option. Adjustable thumb hook and balanced neck strap hook ring.
They are available in a range of finishes including gold laquer, nickel, black and silver. (picture of prototype bare brass, Black nickel below) Plain or engraved.

What to Expect from the new C Sax.

My first impression of the new C sax was how shiny and new they looked. Of course they had bright finish on them not like the matte silver on the vintage C mels.

The proportions look great, the neck doesn’t look too big like on the vintage models. Especially with the under slung octave rocker! Having a row of bell keys looks neat too. I also appreciate the look of the new key guards. The old ones looked like just a piece of wire had been used! The engraving is done by hand and is subject to minor variations and will be a matter of taste I guess but the quality is better than my old Conn.

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Stealth sax in matte Black body, polished black nickel keys with dark pearl touches. (Note; the black nickel is really black but the matte surface reflects light at angles making it appear lighter, like gunmetal gray)

The first new C tenor production sax for 40 years.
 Gold lacquer with Phoenix engraving below.

New C tenor in Fab case with both necks.

Engraver doing a sample for me to check. The skill of that lady is amazing!

Engraving s show better on black. Shiny curved surfaces are difficult to photograph.

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  • Sound Samples

    Nathan Haines has done a short sound track for me on a new C tenor and it's called "C melody blues bounce"
Silver C sax and berg Alto mpc.

    Amazing grace with a sweet sound
Lacquer sax and Classic hard rubber mpc

    The following sound samples use the Same song, same nickel sax and the same reed, so you can check the differences in the metalurgy and mouthpieces. 
Hard rubber # 6 mpc.

  Hard rubber LR 4 mpc

  C Metalpro # 7 mpc.

Nickel sax with wide body # 7 again just for reference.

Silver C sax with "A" Metalpro # 5 and 2.5 reed.

We found the A Metalpro # 5 the loudest. Followed by the C Metalpro and Wide body. The HR# 6 was pretty loud too. If you want to compete with electric guitars I suggest you do what they do and mic your sax.
Alternatively, try an Alto Metalpro with the large baffle. Looking at the wave forms on the recordings, the C metalpro and HR # 6 had very even sound from bottom to top. Both the Wide Body and  A Metalpro had more punch in the top end but the A Metalpro has a more alto like sound while the Wide Body sounds like a Tenor.


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    A "C" sax History
The C tenor saxophone began in the heart of Adolph Sax but the "Concert" community were not interested in his new fangled instruments. He began with an Eb Baritone for marching bands.

   Why I play C melody

I began playing alto in a small band some years ago, piano, guitar, bass and drums. We played irregularly and didn't have much time for practice. There was never any music for sax so I just transposed the key from the piano music and improvised.


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Customer feedback 2013 (NOTE: we have a new customer feedback auto function on the webcart but some prefer to use good old fashioned email so here they are!)


It's beautiful and I love it!

Gina (NZ)


Yesterday I recieved a horn. Everything is OK. Sound and appearance are Exellent. Easy to play. I'm pleased. Thank you !
Best regard, Leonid. (KH)

Thank you for having the courage to design and manufacture this horn!

I've been playing it a couple days now & even though I'm still getting used to it, I'm loving it, great tone.

It has none of the issues that my old C-Mel had, & it makes me a better musician.
I'm overjoyed to be different, playing a Black C-mel fits the bill, so when I go to a jam with a half dozen Tenors & Altos, folks will say:

"What is that dude playing?!"

And a big THANK YOU for taking care of the issues. (low C key and bell alignment; transit damage)

Ed @ the woodwind repair shop said that it was a pretty decent horn, yet he did say "How's it sound? .... Well, it sounds like a C Melody!"

Ok, ya gotta be a fan, I guess.

Thanx, Take care,

Steve H (another Happy Customer)


The C-melody tenor saxophone and accessories arrived this morning in good condition.

I like the vintage appearance. It’s the only vintage style sax that I have. I also like the quality of its sound.

I played it for a while. Overall, the intonation is very good. As with all saxes, it’s a bit of a struggle to get correct intonation for C and D at the bottom of the second register but that will get easier as I become more familiar with the instrument.

I’ll let you know when I get a part for it in a Loosely Woven concert. That will probably be in the next concert, for which we’ll have the planning meeting on May 25. At the planning meeting, we all put forward pieces that we would like to perform and then a committee of the arrangers chooses pieces from that list. They then go away and arrange them. When the arrangements come in, I find out which instruments I’ll be required to play.

It’s puzzling why sax manufacturers resist making C-melody instruments. I suppose that they are mass-producing saxes for the concert band market and would think that C-melody instruments wouldn’t be as profitable.







 I had ordered from you a black nickle plated C-Tenor sax late in 2012. The sax arrived in excellent condition and in good time. Attached to the Metlepro mouthpiece was a #2 reed. I tried that reed and found it very much to my liking. I also found the sax very easy playing and am very happy with my purchase.

     Thank you,




Altissimo G is often the hardest note to get. On an Aquilasax C tenor try B and F# together.

Old Hard Rubber mouthpieces often develop a nasty salty/sulphur taste especially if left in the sun. Try soaking in hot sugar water to balance the ph.

STICKY KEYS can be improved by clamping a piece of paper between the keypad and the tone hole and drawing the paper out to gently remove any buildup on the tone hole rim or pad.

BURBLING LOW NOTES can often be caused by a poor seat on the octave pad on the neck. It is easy to disturb the seat when taking the neck off after use and also easy to bend it back into position. To reseat the pad, dip in warm water and clamp with elastic band until dry.
Some claim putting a small object into the bell disturbs the flow enough to prevent burbling.
Pushing the bottom lip forward on the reed usually removes the burbling tendency on low notes. (motorboating) The old curved neck's angle can cause the bottom lip to pull back naturally. Lift the sax upwards with the bell closer to counteract this.

PAD LEAKS on BELL KEYS can be caused by the bell clamp loosening and the bell twisting out of alignment. Student models don't have bell clamps. 

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