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From: LeliaLoban
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2001 19:08:21 EST
Subject: [CB] The Silophone

Apologies if some or all of you already got this message.  I first sent it on
March 8.  It shows up as "sent" in AOL records, but it hasn't appeared in the
issues of the digest I've received since then.  With minor editing, some of
which reflects that today now isn't today then....

On the Piporg-L list (pipe organs) March 7 or 8, Charlie Lester
<clester> posted a message titled,
<A new contender for the "World's Largest Musical Instrument" ??>
 His message is available in the Piporg-L archives at:

The "Silophone" is a grain silo in Montreal that's been converted into what
amounts to a gargantuan organ pipe.  This enormous natural echo chamber has
its own website:

A musician can log on and *play* this monstrous pipe in RealAudio!  Not that
listening on the eeny-weeny speakers on this laptop would do me much good,
but maybe some of you have mighty woofers connected.... De profundis lacu,


Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 15:30:07 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] G. Verdi Tuba

Comparing the illustration of Orsi's "G. Verdi tuba" to what I saw at
the factory (, I think
this is their "upright cimbasso".  I forget what key it was pitched
in - F?  Very narrow bore for the length - notice how the upper bow
shows two wraps.  If memory serves, Verdi didn't like the tuba
(because he thought it didn't blend with the trombones), and required
the part to be covered by what was essentially a valve contrabass

Perhaps we should call this one a contrabass baritone...


Grant Green
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