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Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 20:03:07 EST
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]

In a message dated 12/30/99 12:00:29 AM,

>When your instrument requirements become the major issue when acquiring a
>vehicle - THAT's when you know that you're really hooked !!  (What do you
>need to haul around a contrabass sax, anyway ?) >>

My Evette-Schaeffer contrabass saxophone came in a 7 foot crate.  Not exactly
the gig bad of choice.  As if the expense for this instrument wasn't damaging
enough, I had to go and buy a minivan to consider any kind of transport.
It's worked though, I've been a committed Voyagerist and contrabass
saxophonist ever since.
Paul Cohen

Date: Thu, 30 Dec 1999 04:37:46 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Sonora Contrabassoon

Alright, you're selling a Sonora contrabassoon used? Okay, I'll give you some tips.

"Sonora" is the American name of the instruments manufactured by Adler. Adler is a German company, run by Oscar Adler until he was taken away to Buchenwald by the Nazis, and its ownership is now in the hands of his descendants.

Adler instruments are alright. Their contrabassoons are reasonably priced and will stand up to student use, although their prices are still so far more than a baritone sax, bass clarinet or a tuba, which is why these instruments are preferred by school band directors over the contrabassoons whose cost seriously limits their use.

Since the instruments go for $8,000 at the WW&BW, i'd reccomend that the resale price be only slightly lower than that. I'd say maybe 6K or so, depending on the wear on the instrument. Since it has two Fox bocals, which are better than the stock equipment, I'd say it'd go for considerably more than it would if it didn't.

Hope this helps you.
Happy y2k,
Mike Barrister
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