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From: "Merlin Williams" <>
Subject: Messy Kweeznuz
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 19:57:06 -0500

My holiday wish for each and every one of you is that you will wake up Christmas morn, and be greeted by a bass saxophone, hanging on your mantel, serving as your stocking.

(BTW, if you don't get the subject line, rent "Blackadder's Christmas Carol")

Merlin Williams
A member of the SaxRing,
the Duke Ellington Ring,
and the Single Reed Ring.


Date: Sat, 25 Dec 1999 03:06:43 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Hummel's Bassoon Concerto
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To all other basssoonists on this List: On the Hummel's Bassoon Concerto in F Major, on Measure 79, which is actually what seems like measure 29, because the bassoon comes in after 59 measures of orchestra, you know:
The part where it goes: BOP ba da da BOP ba da da BOP ba da da BOP da da da da ba da ba da ba doo da daaaaa!!!!!
In other words, it goes LOW F middle F E F and so on, going from the low octave to the high on the same not fast.
I've been leaving the whisper off for those two measures. The notes attact easier whith this ket held down but it is just all0around easier to play with the bloody whisper key open. What should I do. And Why do you say "Klarinet?"

-Mike Barrister
Contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, bassett horn, bassett clarinet, oboe d'amore, English oboe, Bassoon.
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Date: Sat, 25 Dec 1999 03:19:47 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Metal Bassoons, odd bassoons

I have always had a fantasy of ordering strange instruments. I would love, for example, to have a maple bass clarinet, or a rosewood bass clarinet. A grenadilla bassoon would be interesting. So would a cherry or oak bassoon. I've always wanted to put a lion-head bass up in the corner of my study.I'd love a wood saxophone, and I think a black-lacquer BBb Bass would be a fine idea. But I've always wanted a metal bassoon. I'm thinking, a brand new, shiny, gold-lacquer brass bassoon, thin walled, with custom engraving, a Low A bell, and I'd never have to take it apart, because ideally it'd be one piece or two piece. That'd be wonderful, wouldn't it? Did they ever make one? In an old wind instrument manuscript i read that the bore is "wooden and [rarley] metal." How interesting.
Please tell me of the Wooden Bassoon.

-Mike Barrister

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