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From: "Jay and Adrienne Easton"
Subject: [CB] a little report from NAMM 2002
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 19:48:50 -0800
I got to spend a bit of time at the National Association of Music Merchants trade show this weekend, and it was really something! The entire Anaheim Convention Center (across the street from Disneyland- its BIG!) was filled with all manner for musical instruments and products. Not too many new things of contra-related interest, but here's a few:
LeBlanc had a booth with a few paperclip contra-alto clarinets, one of which had some sort of black enamel/lacquer coating on the body. It didn't look like wood, really, but it was a different look. They also had Vito Eb and Bb contras.
No one else had any contra clarinets, contrabassoons, or even bass saxes on display!
Other fun things included the Leblanc bassett clarinet (in A, extended range to low C) , the LA Sax straight tenor (it actually plays quite well), and some nice bass flutes from various makers.
My personal big news is that JJ Babbitt (maker of otto link, meyer, and other fine mouthpieces) got ahold of the measurements an original Buffet contrabass sax mouthpiece, and are making a duplicate for me- they sounded as if they're willing to make more, if others are interested. (If so, let me know, and I'll pass it on to them.) It will hopefully be an improvement over using a jury-rigged bass mouthpiece (or the funky wooden ORSI mouthpiece that I have).
All the best,
Jay C. Easton
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 14:57:09 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] a little report from NAMM 2002
>LeBlanc had a booth with a few paperclip contra-alto clarinets, one of which
>had some sort of black enamel/lacquer coating on the body. It didn't look
>like wood, really, but it was a different look.
It only has to fool a conductor from across the stage - actual wood grain is not required ;-)
>No one else had any contra clarinets, contrabassoons, or even bass saxes on
Would have been nice to see a tubax, or the latest contrabassoons from Fox and Wolf, but I guess the latter two probably concentrate on the IDRS meetings.
Sarrusophones, contrabass reeds, &
other brobdignagian acoustic exotica http://www.contrabass.com
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