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From: "" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 18:52:45 -0800
Subject: [CB]
For anyone interested, Charles Fail has a bass flute listed for sale=20
(Artley, $2.5K) - see

Not to mention, a Selmer Grenadilla contraalto.



From: Francis Firth <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2000 09:23:29 +0100
Subject: [CB] Heckel-Clarina & Heckelphone Clarinet + Heckelphones

The Heckel-Clarina and the Heckelphone Clarinet are indeed different instruments.
The Heckel-Clarina is a brass instrument of conical bore with a single-reed
mouthpiece. It looks remarkably like a soprano saxophone and is of the same
general range.
The Heckelphone-Clarinet is a very wide-bored conical mainly wooden
instrument, again with a single reed mouthpiece. It is a bit like a tenor
tarogato and has a similar range to that of an alto saxophone. It has a
brass neck curving through c. 90=BA so that the body of the instrument points
towards the ground although I seem to remember that is should be played to
the player's side. The instrument does have the bulbous 'Liebesfuss' but can
hardly truly be called a clarinet as it has a conical bore and apparently
Groffy of heckel has suggested that it should more correctly be termed
Heckel Holtz Saxophon.
Both instruments are featured in Gunther Dullat's: Fast vergessens Blasinstrumente aus zwei Jahrhunderten
I hope that this is helpful to all concerned.
The piccolo heckelphone wasd developed before the modern oboe-musette was at
all widespread or had been generally modernised and was presumably designed
to give a loud oboe sound in a higher range than that of the oboe. Richard
Strauss used it to replace the piccolo trumnpet in a performance of Bach's
2nd Brandenburg concerto but the piccolo trumpet had been developed well
before then.
Hans-Joachim Hespos has scored for the instrument in 2 compositions one of
which is fahl-bruechig , a chamber music trio with bassethorn and 'cello.
These works have not unfortunately been recorded but most of Hespos's works
are not good for hearing what the instrument sounds like when normally
played as he demands extreme extended playing techniques.
The terz heckelphone was only made in the 1 specimen now retained at Heckel
and this was lent by Heckel for a performance of the above-mentioned chamber
composition for piccolo Heckelphone. This is all documented in G. Joppig's:
Die Entwicklung der Doppelrohrblatt-Instrumente von 1850 bis heute und Ihre
verwendung in orchester- und Kammermusik.
I hope that all the above is helpful and clarifies matters.

Francis Firth


From: "Bill Cummings" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2000 15:34:53 -0600
Subject: [CB] introduction

Bill Cummings, new member here.
I've been playing drums & percussion for the past 30 years, and recently picked up the electric bass. I also play a bit of keyboards too. Are there many electric bass players on this list?

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