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Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 00:30:53 -0500
From: Robert Howe
Subject: [CB] Contrabass ad anchia

SOmeone was talking about the Reed Contrabass recently.  Orsi in Milano was
making contrabasses ad anchia new in 1994 for 31,000,000
lira.  Case and finish extra.  This came to about $20k.  They made me a new
leadpipe that year for mine, but I fear it was badly made, as the reed end
is too big for anything I can find or make.

Robert Howe


From: "Ulrich Drechsler"
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 19:19:45 +0200
Subject: [CB] new microphone solutions for bass-/contrabassclarinet


since last week I have a microphone endorsement from AKG/Austria.
We'll work now on developing new solutions for my bass and my BBb
contrabassclarinet with pic-up microphones. The main problems are that the
natural signal, especially in case of the contra, is very weak. So we'll
work with a pre-amp. For the bassclarinet we'll work with systems of 2-3
microphones, for the BBb contra (in my case it's a rosewood Selmer)
something between 3-5 ones. The main problem are the several mic inputs
you'll need for the pre-amp.
At the moment I have the SD Systems bassclarinet pic-up in use. Two
microphones (one at the bell, the other in the middle of the horn) with a
pre-amp with stereo inputs. It works great although the sound of the small
microphones is very bright but that's a general problem with all small mics.
And (in my opinion) there should be a microphone at the top of the
instrument, near the octave keys). I've heard a concert with Michel Portal
using three big EV20 mics with a short bassclarinet, the best live sound
I've ever heard.
I don't think that AKG will go into production with these mics (if we'll
find a good solution), the market is too small. But if some of you will be
interested in such systems perhaps they'll make a few.

I'll tell you about the progress.

Ulrich Drechsler

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