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From: "Merlin Williams"
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 21:43:57 -0400
Subject: Re: [CB] Non-Boehm Contra

That's definitely one of the weirdest contras I've ever seen.  Knowing
Linton, I'm surprised they didn't make it out of plastic.

> Just noticed this on eBay: a Linton contrabass clarinet, in metal but
> not the familiar Leblanc format.  It is difficult to see from the
> pictures, but the RH4 keys look like the Oehler-system - definitely
> not the 4-5 keys we're used to here.  Actually, the horn reminds me
> of a nickel-plated tubax...  See
> .  Unfortunately, the starting bid is US$1K...

Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 09:43:34 +0000
From: Terje Lerstad
Subject: Re: [CB] Repertoire!

Opusnandy wrote

> Now that I've discovered that you are a member of this list, I can ask you a question I've been wondering about for a while. Number one, have you actually played/seen the octocontraalto and octocontrabass clarinets?  And, number two, what is the written lower limit to their ranges?  Different sources have said both low D and low C.  As an orchestrator, I would love to know!<


As I have written on this list, I have actually played both instruments in the Leblanc
office in Paris.  Both instruments descended to low (written) C.  About the other
3 octocontraaltos I know nothing about the range.

Terje Lerstad


Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 13:08:39 +0000
From: Terje Lerstad
Subject: Re: [CB] Repertoire!

Grant Green wrote:
> >I'm glad you did not translate this particular title.  It was originally a
> >joke made
> I'd hate to see anything removed.  Without knowing what the original
> title *is* (babelfish doesn't do Norwegian), isn't there perhaps an
> alternate title that preserves the character of the piece without
> being *overtly* naughty?
> Grant
> PS:  anyone care to tell me offline just what it *does* mean?

 As you see from the mail of Eric Mumpower, he got the point about the bushman,
so I will say nothing more of this (risking getting taken for sexual harrassment or
rasism).  The rest of the title is quite amusing (but not translatable, I think):
"Salmesykkel" ( lit. Psalm Bycycle) is what we called all those cheap harmoniums
in norwegian schools in my childhood (the 1950's and 60's)(they could not
afford pianos after the war) from which you heard more of the foot-work than the
tones.  Bycycle pump (has anyone tried to play it, I actually wrote for it in Op.176
(which contains a lot of P.D.Q.Bach instruments that not even Peter Shickele
thought about)) is a quite good description af the sound of the extreme big recorders,
I think. In Norway everyone knows what HB is: "Hjemmebrent" (lit. Home Burnt)
is strong alchohol made at home to compensate for the high prizes at unavailability
of the real stuff in some parts of Norway.  It is illegal, but a lot of HB apparatuses
are sold in Norway (that is allowed, because you can purify water with it, even though
we have very good drinking water here).  So I don't think the title will say much
for people from other cultures (or what you call these silly regulations put on the
norwegian people).

Terje Lerstad


From: "Rich Haynes"
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 23:29:25 EST
Subject: Re: [CB] Non-Boehm Contra

thats one interesting looking contra! it looks very small for a it in Bb? mabye not as spectacular but probably saves you time putting it together!

>That's definitely one of the weirdest contras I've ever seen.  Knowing
>Linton, I'm surprised they didn't make it out of plastic.

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From: JolivetDVM
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 13:46:03 EDT
Subject: Re: [CB] Sarrusophone sold

    Dr. Schultz tried selling this sarrusophone and his Heckelphone several
years ago and sent me info on both horns.  He was asking ~$20,000 per
instrument at the time I believe.  I would be very curious to know what the
selling price was and where the instrument is now.
    I myself have just recently purchased the quartet of soprano, alto,
tenor, and baritone sarrusophones which were on the contrabass classifieds.
I hope to have them in complete working order by the end of the year.  Once
all the pads are seated etc. I will begin experimentation with reeds.  I have
already  found that an English horn reed will fit on the soprano bocal.
Looks like a bassoon reed will fit the tenor.  Anyone out there on the list
have hands-on experience with these sarrusophone reeds??  Please let me know!
 I've enlarged the drawing in the Leruste article and may try working from
that...Michel Jolivet
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