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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 20:43:42 EST
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]

In a message dated 2/24/99 11:14:33 PM,

>I happen to have a single reed mouthpiece for oboe, and even found some
>tiny reeds for it.  Sounds just like a soprano sax!  But I wanted it to
>sound like an oboe!!!

Ah, but now you can double all those soprano sax parts without learning new
fingerings ;-)  Seriously, though, I think it just goes to show how much
difference the reed makes.

Sorry to digress here, but I had a saxophone student who was an accomplished
oboe player.  With my oboe mouthpiece, tiny reeds and Loree oboe/saxophone,
she sounded quite excellent from any perspective of tone.  When I played the
same set-up, I sounded like a duck.  I think the artistic and physical
expectation of tone and response has a great deal to do with it, and less so
these materials. True oboists know what they are looking for and what to
expect.  The single reed mouthpiece did not get in the way as much as I
 I also alternate between a mouthpiece and an original reed for my contrabass
sarrusophone.  Although I slightly prefer the reed's tonal qualities, I am not
at a loss of range, control or intonation with  my mouthpiece.  Startling to
me was the tone of my sarrusophone when a professional contra bassoonist
played it.  A smooth singing sound more similar to a contra (but with greater
dynamic range) than I imagined.  It made me re-think the viability of the
Paul Cohen

Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 20:47:08 EST
Subject:  Re: Bamboo Clarinets

Bamboo Person
 I have not idea that clarinets could be made from bamboo.  I want to hear
everything you have to say about this, I think that this is a lot of fun to
talk about.  Talk Away!
 Sorry for being silent so many weeks

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