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Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 15:40:49 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] Sarrusophones and their reeds

>2.  Reeds for Sarrusophones are bigger than the corresponding
>Rothophones or bassoon.  Mike Jolivet notes this with his comment that

Or at least, the sarrusophone reeds are bigger than the *reeds* for
the rothophones or bassoons... ;-)  Shades of the helicon mpc

>he uses a CBn reed for a Bb bass Sarrusophone, which is pitched a minor
>7th higher than the CBn.  Dimensions for Sarrusophone reeds are in
>Anthony Baines, Woodwind Instruments and Their History, Dover Pub.

I think the exact reed dimensions probably depend a lot on the horn.
At one point, I had an Evette-Schaeffer Eb contra in addition to a
Gautrot Eb contra and Triebert Bb bass (before I acquired the tenor):
the bocals for each horn are too wide to accept a contrabassoon reed.
The Gautrot horn has such a wide bore that you can't even use reeds
made to fit the E&S horn.

These days, I mainly use reeds made by Keith Loraine (Petaluma, CA,  In addition to playing sarrusophone himself
(Conn Eb contra, & Eb baritone [the "combat bassoon"]), he makes
contrabass racketts, great bass shawms, and reeds for any instrument,
medieval to modern.  I think he supplies other reed-makers with their
sarrusophone reed requirements.  Plus, Petaluma is not too far from
home for me, and I can drive by with my horn. ;-)

A sarrusophone drive-by isn't quite as violent as it sounds...

>3.  Similar to the CB Sarrrusophone but bigger and louder is the Reed
>Contrabass. (Contrabass ad Anchia).  Gunther Dullat in Germany is
>selling his C. ad Anchia, for I think US$10,000.  I believe Grant has
>his Email; his address is Wilhelm Leibel Strasse 10, D-64569 Nauheim

As far as I know, Mr. Dullat doesn't have an email address.  I do
have his fax number, should anyone want to fax him.  The CaA is truly
a loud horn, with a truly unusual fingering system.  Anyone
interested in the horn should first check out the description at



Grant Green
Professional Fool ->

From: "Tom Izzo"
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 22:22:19 -0500
Subject: Fw: Fw: [CB] serp. & oph. on one staff

To the gentleman queriing about Serpent & Ophi score order:

I forwarded your question to the BSO's Serpentist, Doug Yeo. & his quick

----- Original Message -----
From: Douglas Yeo
To: Tom Izzo
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2000 10:21 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: [CB] serp. & oph. on one staff
Hi Tom,

Re: Score order

> Sorry, it could go either way, Berlioz in the Sym Fant, had serpent
> below ophi in the 5th movement of the original version of the piece.
> But there is no "rule".
> -Doug
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>                    *                Douglas Yeo                 *
>                    * Bass Trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra *
>                    * Music Director, The New England Brass Band *
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