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list                           Sun, 12 Jul 1998           Volume 1 : Number 28

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Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 02:02:43, -0500
Subject: Piccolo Pete

You sure had me going!!!!  :(    :)


Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 03:35:30 PDT
From: "Mats 0ljare" <>
Subject: Re: sound

>I noticed that especially dissonant intervals just felt bad, you >could
feel the notes resonating in the instrument and it just felt >really
wrong.  Does anyone have any idea why this is?  Thanks...

This is because the notes are dependant on a single gourd,thus they
disturb each other,this is called intermodulation and it´s the same
thing you hear if you play chords on a really distorted guitar,or with
some special fingerings on the saxophone.If you study physical modelling
such as the Plucked-string algorithm,you will probably understand what
happens if you let two"strings"of different length feed back to each

Also,the composition for contrabass clarinet,contrabassoon and
percussion is finished now,mail me if you want it!!!

Mats Öljare

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Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 10:57:15 -0400
From: "Farfl's house" <>
Subject: Used Contrabass clarinets

> Subject: wanted: contrabass clarinet
> Message-ID: <>
> Hello out there,
> I am a recent subscriber, so I'm fairly clueless.
> So, I'd love to know if anyone has or knows of a used BBb for sale.

If you've decided that you want to play low instruments, you're
certainly not "clueless"! "Demented" is more suitable, I think.
Anyway, welcome to the club!
My dear friend Ben Goldberg had a Contrabass (BBb) clarinet for sale a
little while ago - he is a great guy and a wonderful musician. It's a
curved LeBlanc model, one that would be well worth your effort to buy.
I think he wants $2100 or $2200 for it. You can ask him. If Ben owned
it, it's in great playing condition.

E-mail Ben at;

My only concern is that Ben and his family will be in Hawaii until the
end of the month. I don't know if he's left yet. The reason why it's a
concern is because maybe he's sold the Contra, and it's funding the
Good Luck!
Steven Lederman
(NOT piccolo pete.)


Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 08:39:57 -0700
From: "S.K. Pasisozis" <>
Subject: Re: wanted: contrabass clarinet

The Vito (As does the Selmer/USA....formerly called Bundy) just goes down
to Low E-flat. You may want to have the low C.

Think about it.

>Hello out there,
>I am a recent subscriber, so I'm fairly clueless. In any event, i've been
>playing bass clarinet for several years and recently I've decided to go
>deeper. I was completely ready to buy a new Vito BBb. So far, every retailer
>I've contacted says that there is a 10 to 12 month (!) backorder on this
>particular model. Unfortunately for me, the only 'new' contra i could afford
>is this particular model (as far as I know). The other bugger is that I'm
>moving to Europe in two months, where they would probably be much more
>So, I'd love to know if anyone has or knows of a used BBb for sale. A second-
>hand one seems to be my only hope within these two months, unless, there's
>another less expensive brand out there that's more available. Please excuse my
>Fill me in!


Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 12:21:17 -0400
From: "RJ Carpenter" <>
To: <>
Subject: Re: list V1 #27

You might try; if you haven't already; contacting the Woodwind and the
Brasswind.  Last I knew, they kept a few Vito contra's in stock; and the
price is excellent: $2319 US...  You might try this lead; but always be on
the lookout for used Leblancs...  Since you are a bass clarinetist, you
might prefer the straight Leblanc... I would say, though many would disagree
with me, that the "paperclip" contra sounds stuffy...  The Vito is a decent
horn; but nothing great... it has some build quality problems; and is not as
"loud" or "open" as the proffesonal Leblanc's...
Keep on Bassin'
Tristan Carpenter- Clarinetist, Saxophonist, and Bassist.
" is the voice of the soul."

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