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list                           Tue, 26 May 1998           Volume 1 : Number 85

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Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 07:10:28 -0400
From: "RJ Carpenter" <>
To: <>
Subject: Re: Contra-fest fun pieces

    Sounds like a wonderful idea; if you're thinking what I'm thinking.  So
I'd like to post my $.02 to the list.
    Tristan Carpenter
    BBb Straight Contrabass Clarinet (Vito)
Au Revoir


Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 18:22:01 -0500 (CDT)
From: Charles Stolarek <>
To: contrabass <>
Subject: state/instrument

Bloomington, Illinois
Contra-Alto Clarinet

ps. When is it contra fest?  Can anyone participate?  What about my
bassoon friends?


Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 22:52:40 -0500
From: (M Rubin)
To: <>
Subject: Re: poll

>Just for curiosity sake, everyone on this list please tell the list:
>1. which state or country you live in

Austin TX

>2. which "low" instruments you own

Nothing sexy. BBb tuba and string bass.

Mark Rubin

POB 49227
Austin TX  USA  78765-9227
-Bad Livers
-Rubinchik's Orkestyr
-Richard Linklater's "The Newton Boys" soundtrack by Bad Livers


Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 08:33:11, -0500
Subject: Fwd: who, what & where

This is more than what I was looking for.
I was just curious; name, state, instrument

Trying to get a handle on who might come 2 days early for the 1999 IDRS
in Madison, Wisconsin to the Contra-fest.

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> Date: Monday, 25-May-98 09:53 PM
> From: Jim Lande                \ Internet:    (
> To:   Mark Trinko              \ PRODIGY:     (KUUP84A)
> Subject: who, what & where
> Mark
>    Do we really want the list to be filled with names &  addresses, etc over
> the next two weeks and then three months  from now not really know who got what
> and where they got it?
>    I think it would make more sense for someone to serve as the informal
> regestrar and keep a little data base.   Useful info  might include
>         Jim Lande
>         4470 South First Place
>         Arlington VA  22204
>         703-521-0006
>         ContaAlto & ContraBass clarinet
>         Don't read music so well but can play along OK
>         Well, this might be more or less than you want to have  in a data base
> and I suppose there should be some assurance  that the info won't be sold or
> made available for commercial  purposes, etc.  Maybe we would need a list of
> who could  get copies for what purposes.
>         I am not sending a copy of this to the list, but if  you think that
> there is any merit in tossing this around,  by all means include whatever parts
> of my message you think  useful.
>         JIM

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Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 12:25:43 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Location, location, location...

Mark inquired:
>Just for curiosity sake, everyone on this list please tell the list:
>1. which state or country you live in
>2. which "low" instruments you own

I'll pipe up:
1.  California, between San Francisco and San Jose
2.  bass and alto flutes, Bb bass and BBb contrabass clarinets, bassoon, Eb
bari sax, Bb bass and Eb contrabass sarrusophone, reed contrabass, great
bass sordune, bass kortholt, alto/tenor and contrabass racketts, Bb bass
and F contrabass trumpet, Eb tuba, bass guitar, and a Grand Stick.

I don't expect the take the *entire* collection anywhere....


Grant D. Green             Just filling in on sarrusophone
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Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 12:32:52 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Re: EEb Contra-alto clarinets

Michael McDonald wrote:
>I could really use some advice from more experienced players, however. The instrument
>came with a stock Bundy #3 mouthpiece. Perhaps it's because I'm a sax player and prefer
>fairly open mouthpieces, but this piece seems pretty lame, especially with respect to
>its apparently inability to help me produce much volume on the low end. Does anyone have
>mouthpiece recommendations for this instrument?  I have seen a Selmer C** advertised for
>around $120, and hesitate to spend that much money for a mouthpiece that I suspect will
>not be much more open, or resonant, than the Bundy.

I haven't tried the Bundy EEb, but you could always try Clark Forbes.  He
makes and refaces mpcs, including contra mpcs, and can probably refinish a
stock mpc to meet your needs.

>Another question.  The person I bought the horn from used a 3.5 tenor sax reed with the
>Bundy mouthpiece?  Is this fairly common?  I tried a tenor reed with the horn, but the
>reed didn't seem right.  A bari sax reed worked a bit better, and a Rico #3 (one-size-
>fits-all) contrabass reed worked better still, but not on the lowest fifth of the
>instrument . . . for some reason, this reed does not permit me to produce a true, full
>tone on the lowest notes!

Its fairly common to use sax reeds on the lower clarinets, although *not
necessarily* best.  You *can* get Vandorens for contralto and contrabass,
in a variety of sizes.

If the horn isn't speaking well in the lowest register, the problem may be
a leak in one of the pads.  You may want to try checking it for leaks
(e.g., remove the bell and neck, close all the keys and stop the bottom
end, and see if you can pull a vacuum on the instrument, and if so how long
it lasts).



Grant D. Green             Just filling in on sarrusophone
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Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 15:22:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dr H <>
To: Timothy Tikker <>
Cc:, Tikker <>
Subject: Re: bass orchestra

Finally, some alto clarinet lit!  Any sarrusophones in the score?

Dr H

On Fri, 22 May 1998, Timothy Tikker wrote:

}This idea may not be as far-fetched as one might think.  I've just read an
}announcement of a new work by New York composer Owen Burdick, an oratorio
}_And Death Shall Have No Dominion_.  I quote:
}"The work is unusually scored for lyric tenor and contralto soloists, mixed
}choir, and the 'second' instruments of the orchestra.  Alto flutes, oboes
}d'amore, alto clarinets, and fluegelhorns replace their more common soprano
}cousins;  the violin section is doubled and sits in place of the violas
}(doubled in number) who move over to become the principal strings of the
}ensemble.  English handbells and exotic Tibetan percussion and wind
}instruments compelte the orchestration."
}While the premiere was given with piano reduction (Reims Cathedral, France,
}8 May 1995), the work has been performed at least twice now with the full
}orchestration (in Remis and Paris, April 1997).
}The article gives the composer's address should anyone want more
}information.  I can pass these along if anyone is interested.
}- Timothy Tikker


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