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Subject: Re: [Contra digest]
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 99 22:30:44 -0500
From: Richard Fenno <>

>Bechet's "Mandy" (Clarence Williams' Blue Five, 12/17/24) WAS done on
>contrabass sarrusophone.  There's no question.  Doesn't sound anything
>like a bass sax, or anything else.  In '96 my brother Scott recorded a
>new version of this tune for his Arbors Jazz CD "Thinking Big", with
>yours truly on cornet, and Scott used a contrabass sarrusophone.  Get
>the CD and compare the solo with Bechet's; same instrument.

What a WONDERFUL record it is too! I mean it . . . there are many "old
timers" I've played it for who now think that things are NOT after all
going to hell in a handbasket--the future is in good hands. Dave, you and
your brother are the heroes of . . . me and my brother!


Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 23:31:09 EDT
Subject: The Haunting (basses)

Hi! Me and my sister just got back from watching the haunting -- it has
several solos in it w/ contras.  I don't have anyspecifics, but I just wanted
to say they were prominent in this movie.  I had a blast!

Roger Garza

Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 00:27:10 -0400
From: jim and joyce <>
Subject: barcus berry

I had one of those reed pickups in the early 1970s.  At that time you
had to stick the thing to the reed with some which sticky substance.
It worked, but occasionally fell off, even with a rubber band.   Plus,
it had these thin little wires -- like headphone wires -- that I was
certain would fail.  Of course, I wired up the clarinet and used a mic
for the sax.  That still meant fooling with cords between songs, since
we didn't have an extra jack space.   Quality of sound.  Um, plenty good
enough for rock and roll, R&B, etc.   I threw it away a couple years
after I quit the band.

Don't they have wireless mics you can clip onto the bell?  Anyone have
any recommendations?

jim lande


Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 05:49:09 -0400
From: "farfl's house" <>
Subject: sarrusophone on eBay; Mr. Howe's assumption.

> Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 23:12:57 -0400
> From: Robert Howe
> Subject: Re: Sarrusophone on EBay
> Reply-To:

> The EEb CB Sarrusophone on EBay looks nice.  It may be high pitch, so be
> careful if you bid on it.  These were used extensively in the French
> military at A452, and it is an Evette Schaeffer, and they were in fact
> "Fornisseurs a l'Armee"; a word to the wise!  High pitch (A452)
> instruments are about 3% smaller than low pitch (then A435, now A440)
> and thus a high pitch CBSarrus would be noticably lighter to carry.
Mr. Howe, I doubt very much if it's high I e-mailed you in
response to your query, I've played this with a local

> For what it is worth, I did a price analysis for these puppies a few
> years back.  I paid $3500 and $1700 for mine; other sales recorded in
> the 1990s were in the $2000-3000 range.  THis fellow is on Ebay so he is
> probably looking for the sun and the moon.

An interesting assumption. In fact, I have little interest in astronomy.

> These play better with a double reed, which you can get from Vandoren
> for $64 retail.
> Robert Howe
A matter of personal taste.

Able to see the Sun and Moon outside my own window,

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