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list                           Tue, 25 Aug 1998           Volume 1 : Number 69

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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 05:07:44 PDT
From: "Fantast Bil" <>
Subject: Hello!


I´m from Sweden and I am new at the contrabasslist. I like to play jazz
on my contrabass! My favorite jazzmusician is Antonio Jarlos Jobim. I
also like to play melodies with Stan Getz and Charlie Parker.

By, for now!

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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 13:34:39 EDT
From: <>
Subject: CB-didj / CB tuba

In a message dated 98-08-22 19:43:31 EDT, you write:

<< >I was originally kidding when I asked about low didgeridoos, but there are
 >some authentic nutcases out there . On the didgeridoo list is one lady who
 >is drying and preparing a 34 foot long agave stem with plans to play it. To
 >practise up she uses pvc pipe. Just how long a pipe can a person blow? (I
 >think she put the question: how slowly can you flap your lips, anyhow?)
 >Eight-foot bamboo didges (very large bore) are apparently not rare.
 Well, 8' is only euphonium range.  A CC tuba is more like 16', a BBb tuba
 is 18': she would have a didj in BBB.  Didn't Philip Neuman play an alphorn
 that was even longer?
Was that the world's largest alphorn that he had a special trailer for his car
to carry it? I seem to remember something about having to rest the bell end in
the center aisle for a concert.
Still trying to find out more about the contrabass tuba at Harvard. Recently,
I acquired a newspaper photo of the beast. I thinit's the same picture I
remembered from the Boston Phoenix or the Real Paper. It looks to be about 7
feet tall, so one might have to set it on a 10 inch stool to have the
mouthpiece at the right height. I have the phone number for one of the tubists
in the photo and should call him shortly. Looks like we may be approaching 30+
feet of tubing here with all 3 valves depressed. Gotta get my hand scanner


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