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From: LeliaLoban
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 19:11:32 EST
Subject: Re: [CB] Silicone glue for pad installation

Dave Spiegelthal wrote,
>I wasn't aware there was so much difference between brands of silicone
> glue (aka "RTV" aka "silicone sealant"), but I've been using mainly the
>GE brand, labelled "RTV clear household adhesive" or something to that
>effect, with no problems.

Thanks for the info!  I've been using stick shellac on saxophones and French
cement on soprano clarinets.  I like shellac and French cement (which I think
is also shellac; just a different color) because the pads don't slip around,
but they're easy to adjust or replace.

Someone mentioned seeing emergency repairs done with heat and cork grease.  I
don't understand how that repair worked, since the whole idea of cork grease
is to make things slide.  Did this person put the grease into the pad cup or
was it used some other way?  Does heating the grease change its chemistry?

Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 21:34:12 -0600
From: Jim Quist
Subject: [CB] those low pitched sounds made while necking

"Breathe easy. Giraffes do have a set of vocal chords, aka a larynx. But
they're unable to emit more than a low moo or wheeze, so the 18-foot-tall
watchtowers of the savanna communicate instead by making the air in the
eight-foot-long necks vibrate.

"It's called Helmholtz resonance," says Elizabeth von Muggenthaler, a
biologist who recently completed a three and a half year study of
giraffe bioacoustics at zoos in North and South Carolina. "It's kind of
the same principal as when you blow air across the top of a Coke bottle:
Air circulates inside the bottle and is then released through the top."

Von Muggenthaler has identified two distinct head movements that, she
believes, may create Helmholtz resonance. In a "neck stretch", the
giraffe swings it head to its rear, and then rapidly sweeps it up and
forward like a serpent; in the second, a "head throw", the giraffe
lowers its chin and then quickly raises it skyward.

In both cases, the calls produced are mostly infrasonic, too low in
pitch to be heard by humans, but apparently audible to calves, [contrabassoonists]
and the giraffe's mate---even through stands of baobab trees and herds
of safarigoers."

Outside Magazine, February 2002 (go buy a copy)


Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 08:45:16 +0100
Subject: [CB] Contrabass list/EEb leblanc contralto
From: Alberto Pinton

I'm a list subscriber, reed player, free-lancing in Stockholm, Sweden.
Congratulations! It sounds like a great price.
I'd be interested to know what the lady wants for the other horn, these
prices seem to me more reasonable than the usual ones on eBay and other
Then there's the question as to when I'll be able to find a bass saxophone
for a human price...
Do I *have* to take up a day job to get the horns I want?

Thank you.
Best Regards.




From: Opusnandy
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 11:41:15 EST
Subject: [CB] Contrabassoon rental

Hello all on the list!

I know this may be a long shot, but does anyone out there know of
places/resources where a contrabassoon can be rented short term; specifically
in the Chicago area?  I have an audition coming up in April for a
bassoon/contrabassoon spot and would really like an instrument to practice
on.  A couple of area universities (Northwestern and Northern Illinois,
specifically) have contrabassoons, but I'm sure they need them as it is the
middle of their semesters.  Any ideas from anyone out there who may have been
in this situation before?  Again, I am in the Chicago area and would need to
rent one for about two and a half months.  Thanks much!

Jonathan Carreira
Carreira Music Productions

Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 13:00:36 -0800
From: Craig Durham
Subject: Re: [CB] Contrabassoon rental


Have you contacted the universities? It may be that one of the instruments
in question lacks a player. It never hurts to ask - my string bass was
a gift from a school where it had gone unused for years and was merely
gathering dust.


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