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From: (lawrence johns)
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 19:43:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: bass saxophone

For every told negative story about a contrabass musical instrument,
there is a positive story. Just remember that is always the case about
anything made.

-Lawrence "Larry" E. Johns-


From: "izumithune" <>
Subject: Re: bass saxophone
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 17:56:40 -0800

I used to own a Evette Schaeffer bass sax.  I enjoyed playing it.  The one I
owned played very well, but it was very fragile.  It had no cross bracings
or supports like my Conn.  I was worried about taking it places for that



Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 10:34:43 +0900
From: (Joel Koh)
Subject: [Contra digest]

Hi Everyone,

There is a contra-alto clarinet on e-bay listed as

Large Flute,............

Case and measurement exactly like my selmer so I am pretty sure.
The current bid is $524.


Joel Koh.
( Woodwinds player including contra-alto )


From: Michael Kilpatrick <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 09:15:38 GMT
Subject: Conn bass clarinets


are old Conn bass clarinets as good as old Conn saxophones?

That's it, just one simple question!


Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 10:22:09 EST
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]

Here we go again... more dissapointments. I just hope this one goes to
somebody on this list even if not me. I can imagine all the dealers and
peddlers with their stopwatch ready to pounce on this.


Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 11:10:39 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Contra auction over

For anyone who didn't follow the contrabass sarrusophone auction on eBay
it ended yesterday with a closing bid of US$10,778.77.  Yes, the
reserve was met ;-)


Grant Green  

Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 14:11:12 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Fwd: The State of the Great Wall as of 1-18-00

Attached is the latest announcement from the Nuclear Whales,
regarding the 1,000 saxophone Great Wall of China concert.  After
considering going through customs (particularly after my ophicleide
was held up for FDA clearance), I'm thinking that maybe I'll play
this one on sopranino...


>Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and help in getting the word out.
>Please continue to be creative in contacting everyone you can think of who
>might be interested or who might know someone who would be interested.  We
>now have around 200 players who want to head to the Great Wall and more are
>coming in everyday.  Many of you want detailed information, and I will try
>to provide it as it becomes available.  This event is for the adventurous.
>It is not like organizing your typical 1000 saxophone event.  The timing of
>everything is going to come down to the wire.
>First of all, the project will probably get a big boost with the addition
>of the GRAMMY Foundation as a sponsor.   Yes, it is the same foundation
>which sponsors the GRAMMY Music Awards.  No, they won't have money to pay
>your way.  But they can be extremely helpful.  The executive director is
>enthusiastic about this and their board meets at the end of January and
>must approve the sponsorship, which is likely.  They can get a lot of
>publicity  quickly which I believe will enable us to reach saxophone
>players who have not heard about this and voila, we will be ready to start
>getting visas, plane reservations, etc.  (Make sure you have an up to date
>passport!)  In the meantime, we have a publicist who issued a press release
>on January 10 which is starting to get some good results that I hope you
>will hear about any day now.
>So here is my current vision of the future.  It is going to take until the
>middle of February or longer to get our 500 players, but no later than the
>end of February because at that point we will have to buy plane tickets and
>start getting visas for everyone.  You should be prepared to put up half of
>the money at that time with the travel agent who will handle all of the
>arrangements and work with you directly on your particulars.  Speaking of
>money, the objective is to make this as affordable as possible, but we
>won't know the cost until just before we book the whole trip.  It should
>not be more than $1500 and, as I have stated before, I hope it will be
>closer to $1200.   Food and reeds are extra.
>OK, so you want to know what the heck we're going to play on the Wall?
>Excellent question!  There are significant logistical considerations some
>of which will not be resolved until yours truly personally inspects
>possible locations and tries to get a grip on  a multitude of issues.  My
>current thinking is that we will perform 2 or 3 original pieces on the Wall
>composed for this occasion using multiple conductors linked to a master
>conductor by wireless laptops or closed circuit moniters.  Then we
>re-position ourselves off the wall, backs against the wall, so to speak, so
>that we can play together with less significant sound-delay considerations
>and perhaps have a more definite downbeat, ha!  Then we'll simply play the
>best variety of music we can and make it wonderful with some significant
>showbiz thrown in. Suggestions are quite welcome and will be considered by
>the central committee for good taste.
>Thus far, countries represented are China, USA, Canada, Finland, Norway,
>Holland, Spain, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Columbia, United
>Kingdom.  Those of you outside the US, please gather newspaper and press
>contacts and send them to me and I will endeavor to have press releases
>sent out.
>For those of you who have recently registered your interest, there is a
>wide range of players who will participate including high school players
>and many experienced professionals.  Family members are welcome.
>Any more questions at the moment or helpful suggestions?   You know where
>to find me.  I try to surface for air as needed.
>Regards, Don Stevens aka
>Pod Leader

Grant Green  
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