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Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 15:42:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: JJ McLallen <jam_ump10r@>
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra digest]

I'm glad we could be of assistance. Anything we can do!

JJ - the young repair tech
Thanks to everyone for their help.  Enough people
suggested that leaks--even small ones--could be the
problem for me to have it checked out.  As it happens,
one of the lower of the two low B pads wasn't closely
100%, but half a turn of the appropriate adjustment
screw fixed that...and also fixed a lot of my

Fixing this leak really improved the low notes in the
lower register.  It also got rid of most of the
squawks in the low notes of the upper register.  And
now that I don't have to fight squawks in the upper
register, I don't get any squawks anymore when
crossing from the upper to lower register.

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Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 19:30:00 -0500
From: Jim Katz <JimKatz@>
Subject: Re: [CB] the speed of light, relativity, etc.

 I've known all about this relativistic stuff ever since I found out no
matter how fast I played the bassoon, I couldn't get away from the noise.



From: Alberto Pinton <alberto.pinton@>
Subject: [CB] Evette-Schaeffer bass sax and more
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 23:00:59 PST


I've one question and a few suggestions for you all:

- A collector from here is selling a Evette-Schaeffer bass sax, #11xxx, in
great shape, no mother of pearl keys, low pitch, to high Eb. How much would
it be worth paying? Is it a pro horn? What's the tuning on these older
beasts?(my one question became three...)

-now to the suggestions,(some related to previous enquiries on this list...):

-I play on a Gemeinhardt alto flute and an Artley bass flute, not the
best...not the worst: Eva Kingma, the flute maker in the Netherlands,
replaced the lip-plates on both 'horns': it made a *huge* difference as far
as *everything*...sound, intonation, speed of tonguing, a.s.o...if you have
some extra cash to improve your lower flutes, check her out!!

-on my clarinets I use Clark Fobes mouthpieces: the contra-alto with his
'one-facing' model, reeds Vandoren Bb contrabass #4...results:no squeaks,
*solid* high register and in tune low octave (I've an older Selmer
wood...), I think he refaces older Selmer C* so you might get away cheaper
if you've one you can send him...

-mr.Kermit Welch has a bunch of F mezzo-soprano mouthpieces made by
JJ.Babbitt, #5 as the original Conn, as he explained it to if you
need one, yours is chipped or your one year old has been using it as a
tooth-ring...check him out...I'm getting one myself...

BTW I'm selling a Buffet Prestige alto clarinet in like new's on
consignment at Roberto's woodwind store in NY...if you're looking for one,
I understand that's a *very* good alto clarinet, especially for 'legit'

Hope somebody finds this of help, thanks for whatever info you might have
on the Evette bass...



From: " haynes" <rich_haynes@>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 16:47:54 EST
Subject: [CB] slap tounging

hey guys and gals,
ive gotta learn how to slap tounge real quick by thursday!
any suggestions?
is it different for bass and contrabass clarinets?
any help would be MUCH appreciated!
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From: "" <jonsmith@>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 04:36:55 -0700
Subject: [CB] high notes

Hello Clarinetists,

I am having trouble getting  any high notes out of my new (to me) Selmer 40 contra-alto. It seems to play very well up to the C but above that is not happening. I can get a strained C# and D using alternate fingerings, but nothing using standard clarinet fingerings. For a while I was getting a very nice high F but no E.

I don't have this problem with Vito BBb contrabass and also didn't with regular bass clarinet. Would this be a mouthpiece issue? It came with a Bundy mouthpiece. I'm using Van Doren reeds, 2 1/2.

I'm used to getting up to A on regular and alto clarinets, so this is a little disturbing to me. I'm hoping it's not inherent on this model.

Any guidance?




From: "Tom Izzo" <jeanvaljean@>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 08:14:08 -0500
Subject: Re: [CB] Leblanc Paperclip Contra Bass Clarinet..

> Dana,
> I have a Selmer bass clarinet that used two separate octave keys. It is
> actually more reliable than the current automatic mechanism; and it's not
> hard once you learn it.

Now, I'm not a Clarinetist (Bass & Contrabass brass player), but I thought I
knew enough about Clarinets to know there wasn't an octave key or two.
Aren't those keys "register" keys? With only the Saxes, Flutes, & Double
reeds having actual "octave" keys.
6 million years ago (when I was in school), the Clarinets changed registers
at the 12th. Is this not still the case? Or have I been away too long?



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