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Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 11:37:28 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Concert time!


The SJWS had its climactic concert of the season (we actually play two more
concerts, one on July 4, and another July 13, but last night's was the last
one at the Center for Performing Arts) last night, with a percussion
soloist.  I managed to play bass sarrusophone on about half the selections
(playing the bass sax part, in each case).  It occurred to me during the
concert that, while the saxophone is often considered the "French horn" of
the woodwind section, the sarrusophone must be the "trombone".  Especially
in "Russian Sailor's Dance", there are a number of spots where the low
winds play in unison with the low brass, and it struck me how the
sarrusophone timbre blended with the bass trombones.  Sort of half-way
between bari sax and bass bone.


Grant Green  

Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 11:42:16 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Instruments...

Here's a rare one: a slide saxophone, at

There's an Artley bass flute at, but the
opening bid is US$2,899.  Not surprisingly, there are no bids.  Of the 20+
auctions this person has running, only two have bids.  It looks like they
set the opening bid at about the list price of their instruments...  About
the only reason I'd see for bidding there is that the item should be in stock.

An over-the-shoulder trumpet (?), at

A helicon at



Grant Green  

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