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list                           Sun, 29 Nov 1998           Volume 1 : Number 39

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 06:13:55 PST
Subject: Subcontrabassoon??

Hi, I'm Brock. I'm a second year student at the Queensland
Conservatorium of music in Australia. I do a lot of Contrabassoon
playing, some of it against my will, but on the whole I love low sounds.

I've recently found some information relating to a Subcontrabassoon
built in the 19th century. The instrument (now extinct) was fully
chromatic and extended down to the b flat an octave below the
contrabassoon, or 64 foot b flat on the organ. This would probably make
it the lowest woodwind instrument ever conceived, but I'd love to be
proved wrong. I'd also love for any more input on the subject, perhaps
someone has one in their basement????? -joke.

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