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Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 22:08:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: JJ McLallen
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra digest]

Here is a suggestion for the person searching for a
contra-bass clarinet solo. At one time in college I
transposed the Mozart Basson Concerto in Bb (K. 191)
for bass clarinet. I suppose it would work for
contra-bass (although down an octave). It may even
work for contra-alto, since the low range of the piece
goes low enough (low Bb on a bassoon) to justify using
that instead of a bass. It would be easier to
transpose, too. That would put you in the written key
of G Major, (as opposed to C on a bass or
contra-bass), which is fine. I am told that it is
easier to play on a clarinet family member than it is
on a bassoon. I think Herr Mozart would approve.

As for the bassoon leak, it depends on what is causing
the leak. If the pad is rotten, you need a new one. If
it is an adjustment problem, it is either a matter of
turning the right screw the right way, or putting new
cork on it and shaving it to the perfect thickness.
Whatever you do, DON'T BEND ANYTHING!!!

JJ - the young repair tech


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