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Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 07:52:40 -0400
From: "Robert S. Howe" <>
Subject: [Fwd: Re: Cabart Oboe]

Hello all, my friend Stew Taylor is selling a Cabart oboe.  It is in
good general condition but needs a padding.  No crax, full conservatory,
metal tenon tips, left F, low Bb resonance key.  It is a Cabart, not a
Cabart 74, and hence pre-1974 and pre-Cabart's purchase by Loree.  He is
asking $800 US.  He can send you pictures if you wish.  Please contact
him directly for more details or to negotiate.

I am not, apart from posting this message, involved in any way with this
deal; but will add that I have dealt with Mr. Taylor several times (only
on line), and he has always been completely honorable.

Robert Howe

Stew Taylor wrote:
> Hello Robert;
> Please offer the Cabart Oboe for me at $ 800.00 US in need of repading.
> The wood, tenon joints and key woof are in excellent condition, no cracks or
> precious crack repairs.
> I am sending pictures.
> Thanks
> Stew Taylor
> RR #4 St.Marys
> Ontario, Canada
> N4X 1C7
> (519) 349-2419 home
> (519) 273-2084 work
> (519) 349-2565 fax
> E Mail


Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 07:55:28 -0800 (PST)
From: LynnEttte Mueller <>
Subject: Reeds

I would like to hear about the different types of reeds.  I use the Rico
ones, as do most students.  I'd like to hear about the different ones,
what you like/dislike about them.  I don't like to spend an arm and a leg
for the reeds for my contra-alto clarinet, but I'd like to know if there
are others out there that are good and reasonably priced.

Also, if any of you make your own reeds, could you give information as to
where you purchase your supplies.  You can email me privately or to the


LynnEtte Mueller

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Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 11:57:58 EST
Subject: Re: Reeds

In a message dated 2/26/00 10:55:52 AM, writes:

<< I use the Rico ones, as do most students.  I'd like to hear about the different ones,
what you like/dislike about them. >>


I find that many music stores don't carry any Contra reeds at all.  You may
have to take what you can find.  There are also variations in the reed size
required for different instrument's mouthpieces, which narrows it down.  For
example, the older Leblanc BBb Contrabass Clarinet mouthpiece is too wide to
use the Rico reeds.  VanDoren reeds are slightly wider, and are useable.  (I
haven't heard of a source of a reed that is really wide enough.)  I solved
this problem by purchasing a Selmer C* mouthpiece, which will work with
either the Rico or VanDoren reeds.  A number 3 reed seems to work well with
the C*.

A local store happens to have both Rico and VanDoren reeds for the Contra
Clarinets.  My preference is for the VanDoren, but have no real complaint
against the Rico.  However, I recently obtained a Bundy EEb Contra Alto
Clarinet, and all my reeds turned into squeakers, using the original Bundy
mouthpiece.  I've now ordered another Selmer C* mouthpiece to fit the Bundy,
and hope it will eliminate the squeaks.

Fred McKenzie
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