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Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 16:44:22 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] Adam Smith Never Punched an Oboist

At 11:57 AM 10/27/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>than the Discography.  How would a "Bass Oboe" be different than something from the
>Bassoon family?  (I guess I am not really up on the fine details/differences of most
>double-reed instruments...)

Bass oboe is as different from bassoon family members as French horn is
from tuba or trombone.  A different bore profile makes for a different
timbre, as do the short straight tone holes (compared to the long oblique
tone holes the bassoon has in the tenor joint).  One can even tell the
difference between bass oboe and heckelphone timbre, even though the
primary difference is only the bore diameter.

The bass oboe's keywork is particularly distinct from the bassoon's.  One
has only to look at the two thumb keys on the bass oboe, and compare them
to the dozen or so thumb keys (it varies from instrument to instrument) on
the bassoon to understand immediately that they aren't very closely
related.  Some people lump bassoons, sarrusophones, rothophones, and shawms
all together in an "oboe family", but this is a *very* broad definition.



Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 16:01:06 EST
Subject: Re: [CB] Adam Smith Never Punched an Oboist

I know an oboe player named Adam Smith.


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