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Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 20:21:06 EDT
Subject: Re: Contrabass Tubas

In a message dated 4/30/99 2:29:18 AM, writes:
<<Today, I went to visit the Harvard Band with a fellow tuba player buddy and
we played, as best we could, the legendary Harvard BBB-flat Tuba made by
"Besson & Sons, London England, Carl Fischer, U.S Agent, New York" .>>

What a great story!  Thanks for telling us about the legendary monster.  Hope
we do get to see some photos.  Before I got the stand for my bass sax, I used
to lay it on the carpet when I took a break from practice.  Once I came back
and found my cat asleep in the bell.  Later I was sorry I didn't go find a
camera and take a picture before I poured her out on the floor. (She was not
pleased.)  That's nothing to a horn that will hold a person, though.  And
here we all thought that quiz about how to tell if you're a contrabass maniac
was a joke....

What kind of stinker would steal a mouthpiece that size, anyway?  What did
somebody expect to do with it?  Would it fit any other instrument?


Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 20:25:26 EDT
Subject: 1897 Evette-Schaeffer contrabass

I've had some private e-mails about this thread.  One person sent me a
lengthy, earnest exhortation to mend my evil ways, and included a number of
specific moral and religious instructions.  I thanked this person privately
for the benevolent intention, but on the usual editorial theory that for
everyone who writes, ten more think the same thing but say nothing, please
let me clarify a few things:

  1. The short story is *fiction* and not autobiographical.
  2. I'm not a Satanist or a Cthulhu cultist.
  3. The hero of the story isn't a Satanist or a Cthulhu cultist, either.  The antagonist of a story is not the hero. The hero is called the protagonist.  The antagonist is the villain.
  4. The *fictitious* engraving on the *fictitious* contrabass sax is pornographic.  However, my short story is not pornographic.  (Don't everybody say "Aw, damn" at once.)
  5. If I have a soul, it isn't for sale.  Rent, maybe, but with conditions of use; and I'd want a pretty hefty deposit.
Happy Beltane....
"Reality is just a crutch for people who can't handle science fiction."

Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 10:55:14 -0400
Subject: Re: 1897 Evette-Schaeffer contrabass

>4.  The *fictitious* engraving on the *fictitious* contrabass sax is
>pornographic.  However, my short story is not pornographic.  (Don't
>everybody  say "Aw, damn" at once.)

Aw damn it twice.  :-)

>5.  If I have a soul, it isn't for sale.  Rent, maybe, but with
>conditions of use; and I'd want a pretty hefty deposit.

Probably rent it for a contrabass sax...

>Happy Beltane....


Since you brought up the Beltane, here is a cute one I had stashed in a dusty directory;


Witch/Mayday humor.

Lady Martha of the Stewart Clan's Beltane Planner

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From: "Tommie Naslund" <>
Subject: New contrabass sax.
Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 10:52:50 +0200

Has anyone of heard about the new contrabass sax design?
I just picked up my overhauled bass sax at my repairman's and he told me
about a contrabass prototype he tested in Germany just a while ago. It's
apparently a completely new design with a bore more like a baritone sax, it
should be played with a baritone mouthpiece. I saw a picture and it looked
sort of like a baritone with an extra curve. According to my repairman the
sax had a full and rich tone with lots of power, almost with a response like
a baritone. I think it sounds like the inventor has made some kind of cross
between a sax and a sarrusophone.
I don't think any of these new contrabasses has been on the market yet, but
I heard that the maker is trying get some orders so he can start the first
serial batch soon. I believe the price is less than half the price of the
LA. Sax contra. But it's still a lot of money for me...


 Mr. Tommie Naslund
 Stockholm, Sweden.

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