Re: Help~~~ I am all 'googled' out and still no answers!!!!
I have just one C Melody now. I had 2, both 1922 Conn New Wonder straight neck models. I sold one back before Christmas as a parts horn. The octave key had broken years ago and the neck was taken in to be repaired and lost. The horn did play with the neck from my other C Melody, but needed some work; new pads, etc. It had been sitting in a damp basement for several years. I didn't do too bad, I sold it on Ebay for $180 to a guy in Norway, and shipped it out to him around Christmas time.
I play my C Mel quite a bit at home. I play a lot of blues, and the C Melody is nice when working with guitar players who like to play in E and B. E isn't too bad on the tenor (F#), but I don't like B (C#), so I play the C Melody a lot. Every year the village of Holly, Michigan has a Dickens Christmas festival, which lasts from the Saturday after Thanksgiving until Christmas. Last year I played with a quartet (trumpet, flute, Baritone horn and sax). We dressed up like they did in the late 1800's. I was originally going to play my 1908 Conn Wonder alto, which I did the first couple weeks, but I ended up playing the C Melody. The old Wonder alto is just a little too antique, and it was giving me fits after the second week. It's basically a playable wall piece. My C Melody plays very well though.