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From: "Timothy J. Tikker" <>
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]
List Server wrote:

> From:
> Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 22:32:17 EDT
> Subject: Re: [Contra digest]
> Reply-To:
> I have a question:  is the LA SAX company the only company that sells the EEB
> contrabass saxophone?  And why is this instrument so expensive?  Does anyone
> know of anyone that owns such an instrument?  Isn't there like a 6 month
> waiting period on that horn.  If I had 37.5k I would definitely get this
> horn!!!  It is a nice saxophone.

Actually, the Eb contras are subcontracted with Orsi in Milan.  I've seen an Orsi
Eb contra at a music store just off Broadway in NYC -- been there for years,
apparently.  I asked them what its price was, and they said $30K.  So that must
be the going rate.

- Timothy Tikker


Date: Sat, 17 Jul 1999 19:29:07 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Contrabassoon FS!

Here it is, another contrabassoon up for auction, at



Grant Green
Just filling in on sarrusophone.......

Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 14:14:07 +0000
From: Joel Palsson <>
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]

I've finally got my hands on  a beutiful coiled Leblanc contrabass clarinet with
a great Selmer D mouthpiece.  Everything works fine, except  I'm having trouble
with the notes above high C.  Are there any special fingerings for those?  Does
anyone have  fingering suggestions for multiphonics on the big horn?  Are there
any neck- or shoulder straps made for the coiled cbcl?



Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 11:03:34 EDT
Subject: Re: Helicons

In a message dated 7/17/99 7:29:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

>  I just bought a baritone helicon from a Manhattan dealer.  It is by
>  Wurlitzer, in Bb (trombone range) and circa 1900.  All in silver, three
>  valves.  A nice piece.
>  Since I collect oboes and other woodwinds, I am at a loss to explain why
>  I bought it, except that it is so fine looking and my sons play
>  brasses.  Any excuse, I guess.
>  What did the EBay piece go for?
>  Robert Howe
>  ----------------------

Beautiful! Was it a baritone or tenor helicon? I guess the bell diameter and
throat size would best determine that. The Pelitti baritone helicon went for
$755 or thereabouts. I was making a mad scramble to try to sell a pair of
cornets to help pay for it, but a very active weekend put the damper on that.
There will be others.

Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 11:17:11 EDT
Subject: Re: Helicons

In a message dated 7/17/99 3:39:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> I got an E half flat helicon many years ago.  Still not in playing
>  shape.  Brisson Philadelphia.  Not Besson!  Any clues as to age???
>  --
>  Oscar

Have you checked with the Shrine To Music Museum? They are very helpful and
interested in old instruments. Margaret Downie Banks is one of their
curators. Her email address is She was very helpful in my
research in identifying that my Carl Fischer New York Bb helicon was made by
C.G Conn. (The serial number begins with a "P".) Having seen a couple of
other Conn helicons, the structures were identical. Interesting website, too!
Don't have the URL at hand but an easy enough search, particularly when you
add the keyword "Downie".

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