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Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 19:12:17 -0500
From: Graham Nasby
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]

I agree with Michael's recommendation of Ferrees Tools.  They are a
wonderful intrument tools & pad supply company.  I recommend them 100%.
They have a website at
 They can process international orders via credit card easily, and they
ship via UPS.  You can e-mail them and ask them to send you a free
catalog.  Their catalog is amazing.

clarinet player (incl. contrabass clarinet)


From: "Jay and Adrienne Easton"
Subject: [CB] Low saxes
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 18:14:45 -0800

Hello all-
in case anyone is in or near San Diego next week, here's a little announcement of a few low-sax filled concerts:

Two concerts are being performed as a tribute to one of America's most outstanding living composers:

 These performances include new pieces, early works, several west-coast premieres, and music for unusual saxophones (sopranino, mezzo-soprano, bass, and contrabass saxes) as well as established cornerstones of the saxophone repertoire.  Dr. Hartley will be in attendance!

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 2001

San Diego Saxophone Orchestra
15-piece all saxophone ensemble performs  music by Bach, Grainger, Sousa, Donizetti, Moussorgsky, and Hartley.

Concert is at 8:15 PM

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2001

Saxophone music of Walter S. Hartley
Members of Spectrum Quartet perform solos, duos, trios, and quartets by America's most important composer for saxophone.

Concert is at 7:00 PM

Both concerts are at Smith Recital Hall- in the Music Building at San Diego State University.
Admission is Free!
Concerts made possible by a grant from the Epsilon Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia


From: "Patrick.Scully"
Subject: Re: [CB] Leblanc Contrabass Clarinet Pads
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 22:12:54 -0800

Yea, quite a mess you're observing too.

No kidding, Michael, the other night as I was beating my head against the
wall once again over the pads for my contrabass clarinet, I started thinking
about the tuba.  "No reeds"...hmmm.  "Excellent facility and wide
range"....ho ho.   "A bona fide contrabass instument (BBb. CC)"....alright!
And finally,

"No pads"...YES! YESSS!

But alas, for me, I still want to get my ya yas out with that clarinet
before I start something new, even it if is a brass big brother and it's all
"in the family" (contrabass family, that is).  Still, the tuba is now in my
head...and having once had the contrabass clarinet in that spot, I can
safely predict that I'll probably be asking you for tuba advice (er,
Brasswinds 1A) by this time next year...  We contrabassists are kind of
promiscuous when it comes to doubling.

Meanwhile, I took the advice from you and Graham Nasby concerning Ferree's
Tools.  I contacted them about Leblanc contrabass clarinet pads...sadly,
they've been waiting even longer than Karen and I and others have -- 3
months as opposed to my measly 2.    I'm going to go back to them about the
Selmer saxophone pads to see what they say.  Also, I'm going to ask for the
Ferree's catalog you referred to in your post.



Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 07:04:24 -0800 (PST)
From: Charles King
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]

Regarding contra pad sets and ordering from Ferree's, two comments:

  1. I will reiterate that Ferree's has a very wide variety of pad styles, including pads with numerous different kinds of resonators.  Or, you can buy pads and resonators separately to mix and match.
  2. Ferree's sells pads in bulk assortments (i.e., 100 assorted; 500 assorted), in individual sizes (minimum order a dozen of any one size, IIRC), and in sets for various instruments.  While presently contrabass clarinet is not one of the sets they offer, if a group
of players approached them and offered to buy multiple sets, they might be willing to assemble them and sell them on that basis.

Of course, if the preferred resonator style is like that used on Selmer saxophones, which are ubiquitous, it shouldn't be tough to find a repairman who keeps a supply on hand.


From: "Spencer Parks"
Subject: Re: [CB] Low saxes
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 09:16:17 -0600

I wish I could go but I don't live near there.  Do you think they will
record it somehow?


>Hello all-
>in case anyone is in or near San Diego next week,
>here's a little announcement of a few low-sax filled concerts:

From: "Patrick.Scully"
Subject: Re: [CB] Leblanc Contrabass Clarinet Pads - Ongoing Saga
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 09:18:51 -0800

Charles, thanks for the comments.  I have made another contact with Ferree's
and gave them a bit more detail on options I've been considering for my
contrabass clarinet pads.  I must say that Ferree's has been very
responsive.  They offered to send a "recipe" along with a catalog, etc., so
it's not hard to imagine that they might create a "Ferree's Leblanc Contra
Solution" if we can buy enough sets to make it a reasonable business
proposition.  Ferree's email response time ranges from minutes to a couple
of hours of business day, meaning that I have to hustle to keep up with
them!  Quite a contrast to the sleeping giant in Kenosha, who still hasn't
responded to my email!


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