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Curved Soprano "Model 22", n° 2605

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Alto "Model 22" n° 1160

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Alto "Model 22" n° 3063

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Alto bell "Model 22" n° 3063

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Alto bell "Model 22" n° 3063

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Alto bell "Model 22" n° 3063

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THE  « MODEL 22 »Replacing the “Series 1922”, the “Model 22” was a technically innovative, more streamlined and stronger construction compared to traditional workmanship. The automatic octave key was already offered on this model. Encouraged by the warm reception which greeted the arrival of this saxophone, the Selmer company decided to go ahead with the production of the straight Bb soprano, the curved soprano, the soprano in C and the tenor saxophones in Bb and C, the latter being better known under the name “C Melody”. Shortly afterwards the rest of the family was made available.  THE TENOR IN C, MODEL 22 « C MELODY »The Tenor in C, “Model 22” or “C Melody”. The “C Melody” was particularly popular amongst jazz musicians during the twenties. The key of C eliminated the need for transposition making it a perfect partner to play with the piano. But even though it was easy to play and pleasant to listen to, it struggled to find its place. Coleman Hawkins began his career with the “C Melody”, but without question the greatest virtuoso on this saxophone remains Frankie Trumbauer (1901-1956), whose facility and skill even Benny Carter himself once admitted to never having had. Even today, his solo on Singing The Blues with Bix Beiderbecke is still often covered note for note in its entirety.