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Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 17:34:09 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] RH Clearance Sale

Well, perhaps "clearance" isn't the right word.  In any case, I've now posted the list of instruments that Robert is moving out to make way for a contrabassoon.  It is linked to the classified page, or you can go directly to Robert's page.

Did I mention that there's a soprano sarrusophone in there too?



BTW, don't blame RH for the color scheme... ;-)

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

Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 23:34:31 -0500
From: Graham Nasby
Subject: Re: Subject: [CB] Sarrusophone FS!

Wow! What a list of instruments for sale. I'm sure a lot of people will
appreciate that he is making these instruments available for normal
playing folk to buy.

However, I hope someone let him know that he could have probably got
Christies or Southeby's to auction it for him...for it is quite a
collection the he is selling with some fairly important pieces.  If he
is trying to raise cash, his "for sale list" would do very well if sold
via that avenue.

Too bad there was no Ab clarinet - one of my pipe dreams is to someday
one of those funny little instruments :)

player of clarinets, incl. contra


From: "Jay and Adrienne Easton"
Subject: [CB] saxophone christmas
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:19:27 -0800

>Once again, the sound of saxophones en masse playing Christmas carols will be heard in San Jose.  Ray Bernd is again
>organizing the Saxophone Christmas event, now scheduled for December 15.  It looks like I *will* be able to get this into my
>schedule: any other sarrusophones or contrabass saxes want to joint me?

I sure wish I could be there!  it sounds like a blast!  Maybe I can make it next year...   I WILL be playing bass sax tomorrow in the North Park Christmas parade, and I had fun with my first performance of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" for solo contrabass sax last night with the SDSU Wind Symphony.  It seems to have been a success, because two more band directors in  attendance walked up and hired me to play it on their concerts in the next few weeks!
Incidentally, I don't know if this has been discussed before at some Yuletide Past, but I may have an unusual contrabass sighting:
The Great Big ElectroWho-cardioshnoox.  That's right: it's the instrument the Whos play in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"- it's so big it take two Whos to play it.

"If there's one thing I hate,
 it's all the noise, noise, noise noise.
 They'll make ear-splitting noises deluxe
 on their great big electroWho-cardioshnoox."

                                -- The Grinch

Range?  Transposition?  Beats me-  I have yet to find any reference to this mysterious instrument in any of my orchestration or instrumentation texts...


Jay C. Easton
Instructor of Saxophone,
San Diego State University


From: "Jay and Adrienne Easton"
Subject: [CB] contrabass sax case
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:25:24 -0800

I have been looking for a company that is willing to make a shaped flight
case for my ORSI (LA SAX) contrabass saxophone.  If any of you have one of
these instruments and is interest in traveling with it, please contact me-
you already know that the case that comes with the instrument isn't very
useful.  I have had two companies now say they would be willing to do this
(Walt Johnson and Accord Cases)  but both of them want several orders to
offset the cost and effort of making the molds for the case.  Each of them
is willing to make a case that is shaped to the horn to avoid bulk and
weight, but with good enough padding/protection to allow the instrument to
fly safely.  Both companies estimate approx. $2,500-$3,000.  Walt Johnson is
near my home in California, so it would be easy to get measurements taken-
Accord is in Croatia, so that would be very difficult for me.  They use a
newer lighter material than Walt does, but I am happy with the bass sax case
he made for me.
Please let me know if you are interested.

Jay C. Easton
Instructor of Saxophone,
San Diego State University

----- Original Message -----
From: Accord
To: Jay and Adrienne Easton

Dear Jay,

Thanks for contacting us and interesting request.

Wind instrument cases line is new established line of products in Accord
palette and since now, there have been created French horn case, tenor and
bass trombone case and clarinet case.
We plan to enlarge wind instruments cases line and cover most of wind
instruments.  For your type of instrument this number should be at least 3 pcs.

I hope you already have some knowledge about carbon fibre technology and
know that this is very expensive material, having in mind dimension of your
instrument and heandmaking technology we use, we estimate ex factory price
at aprox. USD 3.000,-

Combining best carbon fibre features, my estimation for the case is :weight
cca: 10 kg and regular flight strength. You could put your instrument
underneath in the airplane without any risk as most of our clients do even
with their original Stradivarius cellos.

Designing new model and making first case is time consuming process and we
would need  cca. 6 months to get results.We would be best hoped if we could
get in temporary possession of instrument in factory or if not, having very
precise dimensions, photo and available answers on our questions.

I hope I have succeed in explanation and that you have clear idea about how
an carbon fibre contrabass saxophone case can be born in this moment.
Looking forward to hear your comments.
With best regards,

                                Carmen Ladavac

                                Accord Wind Instrument Cases div. Manager
                                Accord Music Supply Co.
                                D.Trinajstica 13
                                52100 Pula, Croatia
                                tell: +385 52 380 588; fax: +385 52 589

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