We are well aware that the C Melody was produced as an instrument for amateurs, this despite the fact that they were technically & acoustically the equal of their concurrent alto & tenor siblings.
With some notable exceptions they were not played by "real" saxophonists, to the extent that Coleman Hawkins, despite a photograph of him playing one in a band, denied ever having played a C Mel.
Most of us can play, say an alto, competently in concert E, but surely we are more fluid when playing "down the centre" of the horn. It is for this reason the vast majority of numbers played by the Old Masters were in flat keys....ie down the centre of the horn.
I played my C Mel at a Blues/Rock gig last night & a saxophonist (albeit not a very good one) in the audience almost sneered....regarding it as some sort of cheat...like a guitarist's capo.
The C Mel is a very useful little horn with a lovely sound, yet it is is still, in some circles, regarded as being "not a real saxophone"....a novelty instrument, like the Swanee Whistle.
Has anyone else encountered this ignorant & snobbish attitude? [rolleyes]