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Subject: Re: [CB] Standing to Play Leblanc Paperclip Contra
From: Eric Mumpower
Date: 03 Nov 2001 18:56:57 -0500

> I don't use a neckstrap, either. If I hooked one to the lower ring, if I
> let go I think the instrument would flip upside down.

Mine sure would (flip over). And, unfortunately, the notched bolt which
secures my peg is so loose against the peg that it's only secure at one
height-adjustment (near-full-extension), which is quite awkward.

So, I too would love to arrange some manner of stand or neckstrap. Perhaps
we can petition Leblanc to make more stands? ;-)

But rather than waiting for that, I'm hoping someone here has a clever
solution for using the rings on our instruments. :-)

From: "David Neubauer"
Subject: [CB] re: Don Christlieb
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 16:35:00 -0800

Don was my first (and main) bassoon/contrabassoon teacher.  I happened
to grow up a mile from his house and learned quite a lot from a real
pro.  Before he even met me, knowing I would be his student and I
needed a bassoon, he spent a few days driving around LA testing EVERY
bassoon for sale and finally ended up the right instrument for me to
learn on, and not grow out of if I turned professional.  And I'm not
the only one, I've heard this time and time again for most bassoonists
growing up in LA and lucky enough to have studied with him.

I last ran into Don and his wife and grandkids while performing magic
on Amtrak's "Coast Starlight", and though Don was in the midst of the
disease, they all had quite a laugh hearing about my amplified
contrabassoon and that I played it in a Big Band (along with the
regular contra work around town).  It is such a shame that he passed
away, he was a very sincere, nice man, who always went the extra mile.

Though I haven't read the book, just by knowing him, I would highly
recommend it.

David Neubauer


Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2001 19:00:25 -0600
From: Jim Quist
Subject: Re: [CB] New Contrabassoon

> There are pictures (and description) of the radically redesigned
> contrabassoon by Guntram Wolf at

I'll look forward to hearing it. Thanks.


Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2001 19:00:27 -0600
From: Jim Quist
Subject: Re: [CB] Don Christlieb

> ...For anyone interested in serpent photos Don Christlieb's book "52
> Years in the Hollywood Studio Orchestras"...
>  Don Christlieb played in the studios
> from 1936 to 1988 and also plays on Stravinsky's LA recordings as well
> as on Zappa's Lumpy Gravy album.

Also, Don played on Zappa's "Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget
Orchestra" on the Jean Luc Ponty/Zappa album.

Thanks for the book recommendation.


Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2001 21:50:28 -0400
Subject: Re: [CB] warranty repairs
From: Robert Howe

Hello all

re: the saga of a fellow with an imported French big clarinet that needs
warranty repairs.  All the French companies have American branches.  And it
is not that much trouble to have your local repairman do the work.

Whenever I import, which I do frequently, I specify the shipper (Express
mail equivalent for small items, DHL for large.  FedEx warehouse in Jersey
City is not heated: DHL's is).  I specify the wording on the bill of lading.
Clarinets, for example, get in duty free; oboes do not.  Antiques (100+
years) are duty free.  I get a copy of the airbill and call the shipper
every day.  The shippers are not generally the problem, rather it is the
broker who clears it thru customs.  Call him twice a day.  Be a pain in the
ass.  Call customs yourself when he tells you there is a problem.



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