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list                           Tue, 3 Nov 1998            Volume 1 : Number 18

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Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 21:33:16 -0500
From: Jim Lande <>
Subject: Re: list V1 #17

> Just noticed a Bundy Eb contralto clarinet listed on the ebay auction

speaking of eBay, I was the silly person who bought the pre-wwII Kohlert
brass bass clarinet.  It arrived tonight and basically plays.  The
seller said that it had a double register key, but it doesn't.  (I am
not disappointed.)  On the other hand, the F sharp key (pointer finger
left hand) has a tiny hole or vent in it.  Clearly one covers this hole
playing the lower register.  So far everything in the upper register
plays better with this hole covered, too.  I cannot get altissimo
without leaving the key up, so the hole doesn't matter there, either.
What is the purpose of this hole?

The horn needed oiling and still has a few keys that stick or at least
are not fast.  The pads are leather and seem soft. (The seller says
there there are a few cork pads, as well.)  Two notes in the lower do
not play great and I have had trouble in the upper register, so some
pads need to be replaced.

Question:  should I use leather pads?

Question:  should I attempt to disassemble, clean and mess with pads myself?

Question:  A lot of the horn has a red oxide patina.  Should I work at
cleaning this stuff off? polishing whole horn? relacquering? I remember
hearing about 'red rot' and wonder if I should feed the horn antibiotics
or just vitamine C?  Etc.



Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 22:47:58 -0500
From: Farfl <>
To: "" <>,
Subject: Re: Sopranino sax

I have the same experience;
I find it easy to double bass sax or contrabass sarrusophone with either my
soprano sax in "C", or my Saxello.  I have a tenor sax, but it seems so.....weird!


Tommie wrote:

> Ok, I'll confess... I've got a sopranino sax too! Mine is a straight Orsi. The
> lowest note (Bb) on my sopranino is the same as the highest standard note (Eb)
> on my bass sax. So I guess you wouldn't need the saxes in between... :-)
> I actually find it easier to double bass/sopranino than i.e. tenor/baritone.
> Anyone else have the same experience?
>                 ///Tommie.
> --------------------------------------------------
> Mr. Tommie N=E4slund
> Stockholm, Sweden.
> E-mail:
> --------------------------------------------------
> >Yikes! Anyone on this list have a sopranino sax?
> >
> >Sam
> Yes, and old straight Yanagisawa.  Not that I play it very often, but it is
> fun from time to time.  Imagine the high Bb (above the treble staff) on the
> bari sax: this is the lowest note on the sopranino.
> Grant

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