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From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Mink Car
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 11:41:15 -0700

My copy of "Mink Car" by They Might Be Giants arrived yesterday.  An
interesting disc, with a wide variety of styles.  My daughters would sing
along to one track, and then for the next track say "Dad, what *is* this?"
Track 12 ("Older") is the only one with sarrusophone (and rauschpfieffe),
but it is prominent at the beginning and end of the song.  Scott Robinson
plays the sarrusophone, and sounds like he's using a double reed.




Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 14:12:48 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Bass Banjo Returns

Here's another bass banjo:  The builder
(inventor? luthier?) claims that it is louder than an acoustic bass



Grant Green
Sarrusophones, contrabass reeds, &
other brobdignagian acoustic exotica   

Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 15:34:08 -0700
From: David Richoux
Subject: [CB] safe transportation of musical instruments in airlines (info)

For US airline passenger musicians (or others travelling on US airlines, I guess)

passing this along from another list - I don't know any more than what it says here,
so you all can check up on it yourselves

Dave Richoux

----- Original Message -----
From: "AFM" <>
To: <AFM>
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 2:48 PM
Subject: For Immediate Release

Special consideration given to the needs of professional musicians

On October 15th, 2001, the United States Senate unanimously passed S 1447,
the Aviation Security Act, in response to the September 11th tragedies in
New York and Washington, D.C. An amendment was proposed concerning the
restriction of carry-on baggage and was linked to the issue of the safe
transportation of musical instruments in the cabin. The controversial
proposal was dropped due in part to the efforts of the American Federation
of Musicians (AFM). The AFM declared that any proposal introduced should
provide a clear definition that would guarantee consistent interpretation
and application of the law by airport and airline personnel. According to
AFM President Tom Lee, "Certainly these horrific crimes underscore our
nation's need for the most stringent airline security possible-we absolutely
support our government's efforts to keep our airlines safe. However, many
artists who rely on expensive, irreplaceable musical instruments fear that
new changes in carry-on regulations could put those tools, as well as their careers,
at risk."

As Congress began to work on several major legislative initiatives to
address aviation security, including the issue of musical instruments as
carry-on luggage, the AFM built a coalition representing over a half million
musicians and performing artists throughout the United States and Canada.
The coalition had two goals to achieve: to keep any language out of S 1447
that would adversely affect musicians' ability to carry certain musical
instruments on board and to have the unique needs of musicians recognized in
the record of the United States Congress. They succeeded at both. A
statement by Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) was included in the
Congressional record that specifically addressed the special needs of
musicians. Senator Inouye worked closely with the AFM members he represents,
including the Honolulu Symphony and AFM Local 677, from his home state of

In addition to members of the AFM, the coalition included many other
organizations that represent musicians and performing artists throughout the
United States. Some members included:  Mr. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and
Mary; the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); the Department
for Professional Employees (DPE-AFL-CIO); the American Symphony Orchestra
League (ASOL); the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
(ASCAP); the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS); and
the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).

"We are extremely grateful to Senator Inouye and everyone involved in our
efforts here," states President Lee. "Safeguarding airline passengers and
protecting musicians' instruments are not mutually exclusive goals. We are
pleased that the members of the Senate recognized this and did not allow any
language within this legislation that would negatively affect musicians'
ability to transport their instruments safely.  That would only have served
to allow these terrorist acts to affect our cultural landscape as they have
our physical one."

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada is
the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the
interests of professional musicians.  Whether it is negotiating fair
agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such
as health care and pension, or lobbying our legislators-the AFM is committed
to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the
foreground of the cultural landscape. For more information, contact Theresa
Naglieri at (212) 869-1330 ext. 218 or visit the website at
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