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list                           Wed, 24 Jun 1998           Volume 1 : Number 11

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Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 16:13:40 -0400
From: "Adam S. Fine" <>
To: <>
Subject: Re: list V1 #7

At 17:42 20/6/1998 +0100, you wrote:

>Your right-he's also playing Bb clarinet, alto saxophone, & flute if I
>remember correctly. Sam is playing tenor soprano and flute. This was in the
>early days were he didn't have so many instruments as now. On other occasions
>he played chimes and a set of tuned garbage cans,

        Yeah, I really enjoy lots of the stuff on this album (some tunes not as
much, but Four Winds and Conference make anything less impressive worth
it.). Do you know of any other Braxton stuff on Sopranino? His tone is
really beautiful. Actually, most impressive is how much better Sopranino
tone is than Soprano sax; I wonder why that is?

Adam S. Fine        | *Pretentious Music (Musiko Pretendema)  || *Couch 750


Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 23:36:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: list V1 #10

On 06/23/98 21:09:38 you wrote:

>Actually, I recall Chip Owen saying that they (Fox) haven't yet found a
>plastic that they can use for contrabassoon that simultaneously satisfies
>their requirements for (a) sound quality and (b) coefficient of expansion.
>Although plastics generally aren't susceptible to moisture, they are
>susceptible to thermal expansion and contraction.  Apparently, the plastics
>that sound good change *more* than wood does with temperature.

I can relate to that.  When my Fox 41 plastic bassoon gets cold, the contraction causes many of the rods to bind.  I hadn't put two and two together until you mentioned it.  I've always wondered why they didn't make a plastic contrabassoon.

Merlin Williams
(A member of the Sax Ring!)


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