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list                           Tue, 16 Jun 1998            Volume 1 : Number 5

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Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 01:04:29 EDT
From: <>
Subject: new contra

Always happy to talk about my new toy!  As I may have said in my posting, the
bell faces away from the player and out towards the audience rather than to
the right side; it's easier to see around and perhaps projects the sound
better.  The first part of the bore after the bocal is made of wood all the
way down to the first u-bend where the water key is.  All other contras are
made of metal to that point.  The bottom u-bend with water key slides out
entirely so that you can thoroughly empty it out, which is something I've
never seen before on any instrument.  It has an alternate Eb key for the right
first finger (fairly standard), and the high d octave vent key has a second
touch below the C# key which is very useful.  All of the toneholes for the
bottom notes all open up on the same side of the instrument to facilitate
projection as well.  The keys are more closely spaced so that even people with
small hands can play with no problems.
        The best thing of all however is that the sound is gorgeous, probably the
best I've heard.  Previously, I never thought I would find a contra that would
sound better than my Heckel, but the Wolf really does have a superior sound.
Well, that's about all I can think of at the moment.  Michel Jolivet


Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 14:33:05 PDT
From: "Bret Newton" <>
Subject: manuscript paper

Does anyone know of a site on the net that I can download some
manuscript paper, preferably with many lines (50+)
Bret Newton

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Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 15:43:36 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Re: contrabass clarinet stand

For a straight contrabass stand, I recommend telephoning Leblanc (Kenosha,
WI) and/or the Woodwind & Brasswind (or any other major supplier).  I know
that Leblanc makes a stand specifically for the curved contras (fits both
the EEb and BBb), and I'd guess that they make one for the straight models
as well.  You'd be surprised at what is available, but not listed in any

The stand for the curved horns is very sturdy.  You can see it at and (with and without the contra
on the stand).  This stand leaves all the keys unobstructed, so that you
can play the instrument while it is still on the stand - possibly the best
solution for a doubler in a crowded pit.  It was also reasonably priced
(around $100-120, if I remember right), comparable to many bassoon/bass
clarinet stands.



Grant D. Green             Just filling in on sarrusophone
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