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list                           Wed, 23 Dec 1998           Volume 1 : Number 62

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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 17:16:32 -0800 (Pacific Standard Time)
From: Frank D Diaz <>
Subject: RE: Re: low reed PVC

I checked with Harrington Plastics (in California), one of the largest suppliers of
industrial pipe. They don't have schedule 40 (what Orchard has) or schedule 80 PVC U-bends.

If you really want to save space, as Grant said, use 2 90 elbows. Buy them without threads
on 1 side (they do make them. Ask for a "socket by female pipe thread elbow"). Then buy
some "Weld On" PVC glue and cut a straight piece so that it protrudes out from the socket
side of the elbow only far enough so that you can glue the other elbow on at its socket
side. Essentially, the 2 elbows will be touching each other and the straight piece will be
inside, invisible from the outside.

These fittings cost less than $5.00 each. Call 1-909-597-8641 and ask them for the store
closest to were you live.They are all over the country.

Buy the way, we use PVC everywhere in the factory I work in. It's pretty easy to work with.

Hope this helps !

Frank Diaz

From:  Grant Green[]
Sent:  Monday, December 21, 1998 6:02 PM
Subject:  Re: low reed PVC

> It made me want to hook 64' of PVC together in 2' segments by way of
>U-joints, which would only end up as a 2'*2' square!  However, I can't
>find plain U-joints for narrow PVC anywhere.  Also, my dad says he won't
>let me "Waste the money."  10' pieces of PVC are only $1 to $2 around
>here!  I wonder how much 32 U-joints would cost if I found any.
> -Gregg

It sounds like you really want 90 degree elbow joints, if you're going to
make a square.  PVC U joints aren't that common, as the PVC is usually used
for lawn sprinkler systems, and one rarely needs a tight 180 degree turn
for such applications.  However, 90 degree (and 45 degree) elbows aren't
hard to find: Orchard Supply Hardware had them in all sizes, and they
aren't very expensive.  Less than a dollar apiece, depending on size...
You'll want to make sure and make each joint airtight: I think you can get
PVC adhesive for $3-5.

Let us know how it works!


Grant Green  



Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 23:23:10 EST
Subject: Re:  another sci fi contra

In a message dated 12/21/98 11:12:37 PM, about putting contrabass instruments
in the Fourth Dimension,  John Bush wrote:

<<Although that doesn't help with the weight problems...>>

True, sometimes the weight of our low-pitched instruments can be a pain,
literally and figuratively.  However, at 5'4", I take special pride in
carrying my large and heavy Conn 25J tuba with its 24" bell. I used to get
annoyed when people asked the not-so-clever question, "Don't you wish that you
played flute?"  Now, I simply and calmly answer with a smile, "No."  I love
playing the tuba!!!

Kindest regards,
Steve Marcus (
Director of Sales, THE BEAUTIFUL SOUND, INC.


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