Contrabass Digest

To subscribe or unsubscribe, email



Date: Sun, 7 May 2000 20:26:55 -0600 (MDT)
From: Spike Spiegel <jnohe @>
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra digest]

> i have a question, do bass clarinets come with a low C attachment like a
> Leblanc contrabass?
> -Matt

You kidding?  If you want to play any of the advanced recent wind
literature, you MUST have a low C bass clarinet.  I would wager that
within the next century that the Eb bass will be of little use to the
professional bass clarinetist.

J. Shouryu Nohe
Professor of SCSM102, New Mexico State Univ.
"I don't know, and I don't have an opinion." - Jet Black


From: "Jean Adler" <jean @>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 12:47:20 -0500
Subject: [CB] behavior

As I was reading the reply to a question this morning I asked myself, "Is it
necessary to respond in such a rude manner?"

What may seem obvious to those of us who have played for many years may not
be obvious to a young player, or to someone who is exploring the world of
low wind instruments.  Every music teacher I know has difficulty filling
their low woodwind sections.  This is due to many factors:
cost of the instrument, an emphasis on marching bands which eliminates the
use of the larger woodwinds, lack of knowledge in teaching the instrument,
or  the inability of young people to "handle" a large instrument.

I have personally corresponded with many young people who have more specific
questions about the low clarinets.  As a former teacher I find that role to
be very rewarding.  As a matter of fact I feel so strongly about encouraging
low wind students that I have endowed a scholarship to a local university
that is earmarked specifically for a low woodwind player.

Expressing one's opinion is one thing, being  rude is another. I have read
many educational and informative discussions on this forum.  Let us please
continue in that manner.

Jean Adler

***End of Contrabass Digest***

Next Digest ->
Previous Digest <-