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From: "Tom Izzo" <>
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 19:26:12 -0600

Hi all,

> Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 20:03:47 -0500
> From:

> I just bought a miraphone 57f  BBb contrabass trombone with f attach.
> from the woodwind and brasswind. the guy told me that
> it's double slide is hard to align, and said not to buy it. But I did,
> and it was worth the four thousand dollars.

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> It's slide was alittle bent,
> so i took it to the shop. they had no problem aligning it. It looks sort
> of like a plumbers paradise with all the tubes. Since ive built my own
> straight f bass trombone, i might want to build my own straight
> contrabass (with single slide with handle), or contralto.(same range as
> an EEb tuba)

That Eb instrument would just be an Eb Bass, not Contralto, though "Contra-Alto" would make sense in terminology, but only if the BBb was called a "Contra-Tenor".
Bass Trombones are available in F, Eb, & D in addition to the modern Bb/F/+ varieties.
The 57f is the .562 bored Mirafone BBb/FF Contra. OK if you're used to a Bass Trb only.
I have an older model Mirafone BBb/FF Contra in .620 bore, same size as my Mirafone Tuba.

> with it I use a bach 30cb contrabass trombone mouthpiece. A
> tuba mouth piece just dosen't seem to fit right.

Depends on the brand. I use a custom dupe of a Mt Vernon 25, but with a CB trb shank.

owner of a complete set of Trombones: Piccolo through Contrabass

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