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Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 16:13:31 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] Composer/arranger JUAN GARCIA ESQUIVEL (1918-2002) RIP

>I was playing several tracks on my show today - he really knew how to have fun with
>contrabass instruments, and not just using them in the regular way - key-popping bass
>sax sounds, bass harmonica (or accordion or something else?) The CD collections we
>have at KFJC don't list the individual musicians or instruments but the sounds are
>fantastic anyway... a musical genius!
>Dave Richoux

Well, you scooped "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" (NPR) - they didn't
have their commemorative show until today (Friday).  ;-)


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

Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 16:22:41 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] Contra Repadding Surgery

>Why would it be any more difficult to repad a Large Woodwind with proper
>pads than to do an ophicleide?  Aside from twice as many keys, that is.
>I had my ophicleide repadded last year here in Bloomington by a woodwind
>repair person.

If the large woodwind is a bassoon, saxophone, or just about anything
*except* for a Leblanc contrabass (or contralto) clarinet, it is just
as easy as an ophicleide.  The pad is floated on a bed of shellac,
which hardens and sets the pad in position.  However, Leblanc pads
are a bit different: the key has a "spud" - a short, threaded tube.
The pads are held down by a resonator (basically a washer) and a
screw threaded into the spud (the pads are perforated in the center).
So, the inside of the key is constructed differently, and doesn't
have the wide *flat* space for shellac that all the other woodwinds
(and certain brass instruments) have.

*Why* they're made that way I don't know.  I'm tempted to suggest
that the low frequencies would otherwise shake the pads free too
quickly (and they're a small enough diameter that there's not as much
shellac holding them as on a large sax), but as far as I know the
other brands of contra don't use the same arrangement.  (Or do they?
Someone go look at your Selmer, please...)


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

From: "John Kilpatrick"
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 12:16:43 -0000

How is Benade pronounced? I've never heard it said. A British reader might
think it rhymes with "hard" because it has a French look about it. I guess
the actual (Americanised) version rhymes with lemonade. Please advise. I've
only met the name though the heavy but rewarding book Fundamentals of
Musical Acoustics - and now some list correspondence.

Thanks everyone for the interesting and off-beat correspondence arising from
my Euro metals comment. The smoke stack thing reminds me that sometimes,
late at night, I hear alternating notes D and A (bottom of bass voice
range). I spent ages trying to track this to a chimney or a drainpipe, until
one day I heard it at work and realised it was a sort of benign Contrabass

John Kilpatrick - Sheffield


Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 09:24:31 -0600
Subject: [CB] Benade pronounced?
From: Oscar A Wehmanen

How is Benade pronounced?  The (Americanised) version rhymes with
lemonade.  Oscar

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