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From: "Dave Spiegelthal"
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 09:57:57 -0400
Subject: [CB] Battle of the Titans redux

Grant and Lelia,
     I refaced the mouthpiece of the Noblet bass sax and fixed a few leaks, and
it now blows worthy foghorn blasts.  At this point I must call it a draw between
the bass sax and my contra-alto clarinet.  I'm returning the Noblet to its owner
tonight, so no rematch will be possible.
Speaking of the contra-alto clarinet (a plastic Buescher, identical to a Bundy)
I was able to correct some stuffy and flat throat tones by enlarging four of the
toneholes (the ones that control throat F#, G, G#, and A).  What a difference!
I was really surprised how small these holes were for such a big instrument.
Now it finally sounds like a larger bass clarinet instead of a refined sewer
pipe. By the way, welcome back to the list world, Lelia!  We've missed you.
     Dave Spiegelthal
     Calverton, VA


From: "Jean Adler"
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 17:04:49 -0500
Subject: Re: [CB]

Hi Rich,
I think someone once told me the only school that will allow you to major on the bass clarinet is Ohio State.  If you come to Minnesota I can put in a good word so you receive my scholarship.

  Hi all,

  Wondering if anyone out there has opinions on studying music in the US. I'm just doing some research into an inkling of an idea of studying in NY. I am in my first year of a Bachelor of Music - clarinet Performance (I'd like to think of myself as a bass clarinetist) in Brisbane and wondering what's the go with getting into universities and teachers etc etc. It's not as if Brisbane is not happening for me, it's just the US seems like an absolute mecca for clarinet and contemporary music. If anyone has some thoughts or facts about this territory, please feel free to enlighten me. If it helps, some names that people here have mentioned: Dennis Smylie, Michael Lowernstern, Roger Heaton.


  Rich Haynes.


From: Opusnandy
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 18:22:04 EDT
Subject: [CB] Unusual Cimbasso
check out

towards the bottom of the page is an interesting picture of a cimbasso used
on the score to "Futurama".  The interesting part is the bell.  It seemes to
be doubled up on itself and have a very wide bore.  This is quite unlike the
bells of other cimbassos I have seen which tend to look like a slightly
larger trombone bell.  Is this possibly a BBb cimbasso (rather than the F or
Eb models that tend to be more common)?

Jon Carreira
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