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list                           Sun, 13 Sep 1998           Volume 1 : Number 87

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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 13:03:00 PDT
From: "Bret Newton" <>
Subject: Bass voice

A while back there was talk of low bass voices.  I for one know my
cousin (and chior director) has a constant low Ab or G.  The other day
he was suffering form allergies and hit a low D at the bottom of the
piano.  Also that night he was to sing with the Dallas Symphony Chorus
which was preforming Mahler's 2nd which had numerous low Bb's (as does
his 8th)  Some actual proof to a voice contrabass.
Bret Newton

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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 19:33:29 -0400
Subject: Re: Low C bass clarinets.

Contrabass-list wrote:

> From: Michael Famulare ... Throughout my
> playing, i have found that the extended range would be very
> beneficial.  Unfortunately, my school cannot afford to buy one.  While
> they are expensive, the young lady would benefit from having one if
> she wants to play for years to come.  Any gifted musician should not
> be held back by the limits of an instrument.  I know because inferior
> instruments have limited my ability to show my strengths numerous times.

Well said, I agree completely.  If I were advising someone on the
prchase of a bass clarinet, I would indeed recommend a low C.  However,
what i understood in the case under discussion was that the band
director was taking a Vito low Eb away from the student and asking her
to buy a low C--a $6000 bit of advice!

Always, always, always buy the best instrument you can afford, even if
you can't afford it.  The extra cost will amortize itself manyfold over
the years.

Robert Howe


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