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From: "Leanne Enck" <>
Subject: Hello Fellow Contrabass Freaks!
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 18:55:20 MST

Hello Everybody!
I am a contralto clarinet player.  I love the low stuff!  Anyway, I'm happy
that I have finally found a mailing list for contrabass freaks like myself.
There's not much more to say about me so I guess I'll get off my soapbox.

Leanne, the contralto clarinetist.

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From: Alberto Pinton <>
Subject: bass saxophone
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 23:34:05 PST

Hi there,
I might be able to come over an Evette-Schaeffer bass saxophone serial #11184.
How old would that be? How much would you guys pay for it?(remember, nobody
is selling vintage horns for a couple hundreds anymore...). For what I
understand the horn is *very* old, goes to high Eb, no mother of pearl keys
aso. I'm not a collector, I like to blow on my horns, how would this bass
be on stage? Any suggestions about mouthpieces for 'non legit' playing?
Like Sonny Rollins said: 'Thank you,thank you!'


Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 12:28:25 EST
Subject: Re: bass saxophone

I traded one off less than a year ago for a good new tenor sax because I was
in a rush.
I overhauled it many years ago in response to a desire for a contra clarinet.
I did not like the sound of a bass sax through my teeth. This was a modern
instrument and more in tune than I would expect an Evette & Schaffer to be.
In general, they did make some wacky saxes but are credited with many of the
improvements. Some were short-lived redundancies, but some were actually a
discontinued advantage. The facy that there are no pearls tell me it's pretty
old.  However mine was a Bruno stencil sax made by CG Conn. No way to mistake
a Conn. It had been thrown from a high school band room window from the
second floor after someone stuffed a pair of sneakers into the bow. I had to
make two keys. Straighten most of them and extensive keywork: de-solder some
of the key-cups to straighten them out and dap them in a custom-made wood
block to put the parabola back in the cup, and silversolder cups back on the
arms. I had make one of the long stack rods and replace the brass tubing from
two of the keys because it was too kinked. I had to separate the bell, from
the bow, remove the body tube from both bows-completly dissasemble the horn
along with all the posts, and map them along with the springs. Then was the
chore of  re-rounding the (and re-level without a file) toneholes where the
main tube was kinked. Then to remove dents in the tube and burnish the tube
and get the radius back to the conical body-this is tough, I had to improvise
on manrel utilization, I even used several lengths and diameters of fence
post. I had to make two pads-that was the fun part. In all it was more than
5000. with of work.  I did not recoup but have the satisfaction of saying I
did it. In so far as what your sax is worth, I really don't know. What I
liked best about the bass sax was that it was a good place to store my
soprano-in the bell. Now if they would have invented a "contrabaritone
saxinet" that would still be with me.


Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 15:05:37 EST
Subject: Re: Hello Fellow Contrabass Freaks!

Gee, I don't know I should be flattered or offended.

Bari sax player!!

Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 15:13:21 -0500
From: Abi Tenenbaum <>
Subject: Re: Hello Fellow Contrabass Freaks!

Oh, be flattered; you know we all are!
abi wrote:
> Gee, I don't know I should be flattered or offended.
> Matt,
> Bari sax player!!

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