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Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 16:26:13 EST
Subject: How much does a fipple effect pich of an instrument?


I beginning to form up a plan in my mind for a sort of contrabass recorder
bagpipe. I have got a chart which contains formulae, etc. concerning pitch. I
have worked out that a bass drone tuned to C1 would have to be at a length of
about 5 meters. (Did I mention that this thing will be huge? :0)). However, a
small footnote on this table says a fipple (which will be the method of sound
production for this bagpipe) raises the pitch of the instrument. Can anyone
tell me how much this will be by? and also are there any compensation
techniques (apart from making the tube even longer)?

Thanks for your time and help


Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 16:50:02 -0600 (CST)
From: Scott Perrin <>
Subject: new to the list


I have just subscribed to the contrabass list, and Grant suggested that I
introduce myself to everyone.

My name is Scott Perrin.

My primary musical interests are in collecting and playing low brass
instruments, but I'm fascinated by all types of unusual instruments.  My
only instrument worth mentioning is a Conn 5-valve double-bell euphonium,
made about 1924.  I played it (sort of) in a Tuba Christmas concert last
year, alongside two other double-bell euphoniums.  I normally play
trombone, so valves are a bit of a challenge for me.

In non-musical life, I spent about 14 years as a Nuclear Engineer before
deciding to return to college and get a PhD in History, which is what I'm
working on now.

To establish myself as a true contrabassophile, I spent this past weekend
reading every single one of the previous contrabass list digests (since
1996) that are posted on the web.  There must be over a thousand of
them.  Although fascinating, this is not an activity that I would
recommend doing in one sitting--but I'm sure I'll recover.

I hope I can contribute something of interest to the discussion


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