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From: SEMarcus
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 00:20:17 EDT
Subject: [CB] Contrabass Clarinet Joins the Band

The 88-piece piece Palatine Concert Band has not had a contrabass or
contra-alto clarinet player in many years, although Contrabass-L archive
readers will recall my posting about one of the former bassoon players
bringing a contrabass sarrusophone for a few weeks a few years ago.

This evening, a gentleman named Dick Polk joined the band and played his
Selmer BBb Contrabass paperclip, and sounded great.  He said that he also
owns an Eb Contra-alto, and seven(!) bass saxes!  He said, "It's a hobby."  I
invited him to join Contrabass-L, but alas, he is not online.

Kindest regards,

Steve Marcus
Principal Tuba, Palatine Concert Band
BBb Bass, Prairie Brass Band
Director of Sales, THE BEAUTIFUL SOUND, INC.  (630) 325-9999

From: Opusnandy
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 01:34:43 EDT
Subject: Re: [CB] Contrabass Clarinet Joins the Band

I (the bassoonist who brought the sarrusaphone to the Palatine band for a few
weeks) have met Dick Polk on a couple of occasions.  A very nice older
gentleman who does indeed own seven bass saxes.  A couple aren't really in
good playing condition, but a couple are quite nice.  I bought one that was
right in the middle of these extremes from him a couple of years ago.  He
wanted to trade it for my sarrusaphone, but I didn't think it was an even
trade.  Financial matters forced me to sell the bass sax (and the
sarrusaphone, but I sold that more for love (to buy an engagement
ring)(awwww)).  But don't worry, I still own the heckelphone and don't plan
on giving that up any time in the near future!

Jonathan Carreira
Carreira Music Productions
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