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Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 15:47:13 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Re: [CB] Spelling

>Why do you feel you must correct people's grammar and spelling? This is

This is a good point: there are members of this list from many
countries, and from many levels of education.  I'd prefer not to
stifle discussion of music and instruments with any perceived
requirement of formal language.

And as long as people can understand you, punctuation is optional ;-)


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Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 16:13:24 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Re: [CB] contrary minds...

>group or type of people while voicing my opinion.  It just makes me so angry
>to see people with such closed minds, because giving something 5 minutes isnt

Instead of getting angry, look upon it as a chance to experience a
different viewpoint.  This is a real exercise!  To me, it appears
that Bernard hasn't noticed the characteristics of the didj that make
it interesting.  Or perhaps he just hasn't heard a skilled player...
The didj may not be well adapted to playing Western scales and
arpeggios, but is much better at variations in *timbre* than most
Western instruments (aside from the electronic synthesizer).  Or
perhaps timbre doesn't interest him either.
In any event, information is the best defense against a "closed" mind.

Whenever I find myself in disagreement with some long-standing
tradition or method, I try to figure out why everyone else likes it.
Country-Western music, for example.  Growing up, I couldn't stand it.
Finally, instead of blanket denigration, I thought I should try
actually *listening* to some.  I found that some country music is
actually very good.  I still don't really like most of it, and they
never use enough bass ;-) but there are some definitely worthwhile
chunks o' music thereabouts...  Since then, I figure that if I don't
understand what people see in something, then *I* must not be
noticing something.  Of course, sometimes I'm right, and whatever it
is I don't like *is* drek... ;-)


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Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 21:38:44 -0800
From: jim & joyce <>
Subject: [CB] grammer police

i don't give a rat's patootie (not to be confused with a didg) if
folks mess up a little grammer or spelling.   If somebody want's
to be a grammer cop, I would be happy to send drafts from my
office.  There are ten economists in my office, so I won't swear
that it is all english, but it can use some help.

jim l


From: "Aaron Rabushka" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 23:39:42 -0600
Subject: Re: [CB] grammer police

While we're hanging on linguistic subtleties do I hear any votes for a
dijeri-DON'T? I do remember an occasional dijeri-do joke on "Rowan and
Martin's Laugh-In" in the late '60's, but I don't think that they ever
showed what it looked or (synesthesiacally speaking) sounded like.

More seriously my only direct contact with the instrument was at one of the
early-'90's WildMan weekends where they comprised the only wind instruments
in an ensemble that otherwise consisted of percussion. I couldn't get a
sound out of the blasted things--they require a very different embochure
than any trombone or sackbut I ever played. Stewart Dempster reputedly
studied some d-d breathing at one point, and Donald Erb incorporated some of
this into the trombone concerto that he wrote for him (Dempster).

Aaron J. "economists call me Epsilon" Rabushka


Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 02:23:47 -0800
From: David Flager <>
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra digest]

"lesson for you."

If you have never writen an impulsive Email without spellcheck in your
life, GO AWAY!

We don't care about your knitpickin' ways.

David F.

Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 06:51:31 EST
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra digest]

In a message dated 3/21/00 5:17:53 AM, writes:

<< If you have never writen an impulsive Email without spellcheck in your life, GO AWAY!  >>


Spellcheck may not help.  Check the following, which appeared on the internet
several years ago.

Fred McKenzie

     (By Graduate School Dean Jerrold Zar)

     I have a spelling checker,
     It came with my PC.
     It plane lee marks four my revue
     Miss steaks aye can knot see.

     Eye ran this poem threw it.
     Your sure real glad two no.
     Its very polished in its weigh,
     My checker tolled me sew.

     A checker is a blessing.
     It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
     It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
     And aides me when aye rime.

     Each frays come posed up on my screen
     Eye trussed too bee a joule.
     The checker pours o'er every word
     To cheque sum spelling rule.

     Bee fore a veiling checkers
     Hour spelling mite decline,
     And if we're lacks oar have a laps,
     We wood bee maid too wine.

     Butt now bee cause my spelling
     Is checked with such grate flare,
     There are know faults with in my cite,
     Of nun eye am a wear.

     Now spelling does not phase me,
     I does knot bring a tier.
     My pay purrs awl due glad den
     With wrapped words fare as hear.

     To rite with care is quite a feet
     Of witch won should be proud,
     And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
     Sew flaws are knot aloud.

     Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
     Such soft wear four pea seas,
     And why eye brake in two averse
     Buy righting want too please.

From: "Price, David" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 12:15:44 -0000
Subject: RE: [CB] [Contra digest]

And we increasingly have two divergent versions of 'English' too.

American English and the original (correct! :-) ) version - British English.

(Example: 'So what colour (sic) is aluminium (sic) ?')

Dave (in hoc to an accountant) Price


Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 08:02:10 -0500
From: Edward Branham <>
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra digest]

As an aside, several years ago, the Oxford Dictionary of the English language
(as in Oxford University, England) ceded to American English the position of
"primary determinant" as regards spelling, pronunciation, usage, etc.  'British
English' is now the 'variant dialect' according to Oxford

"Price, David" wrote:


Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 10:03:43 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: [CB] Metal bass clarinet, et al., FS...

The reed contrabass ended without reaching the reserve again, this time just under $800 (the final bid), although there was quite a bit of activity (13 bids).  I suspect they'd have better luck if they fixed the bottom bow first: I think many people who would otherwise be interested were wary of buying something that needs work, that their repairman had never seen...


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From: "Dr Guy Grant" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 07:02:24 +1100

Gday Heliconman

Wish I had a helicon. When I lectured on ethnomusicology I had a page of
notated didjeridu music. Wow it looked complicated.
James Hall who makes crystal flutes was making glass didjeridus for a while.
Beautiful instruments with fired on ceramic designs. I've also played Garry
Greenwood's leather horns (he even makes keyless leather clarinets) like a
didjeridu. They are works of great art as well as musical instruments. He
has one huge leather horn about 20 feet long. The diameter of the
gladiolus-shaped bell is about 4 feet and stands some 5 feet from the floor.
This horn dissembles to three pieces for transport. Now there is a deep
mutha. One didj player admitted playing the handrail going down to Jenolan
caves in NSW's Blue Mountains. Another deep one!


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Monday, 20 March 2000 2:00

In a message dated 03/19/2000 2:12:03 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< Hmmm...5 minutes and you've heard all the sounds. No doubt you do
 continuous blowing on your clarinet but have you even attempted to play a
 didjeridu? >>

Nawww! Look carefully! He said 5 "minuets"! Those minuets for dijerdu are
horribly written. At least that's what -i- think!
Removing tongue from cheek...
end contrabass list


Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 16:26:57 EST
Subject: [CB] hall crystal flute

about a month ago i bought a crystal flute...should be here soon, but i was
curious if anyone has played one of them...and how it sounds??

peace n love
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