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From: LeliaLoban
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 19:28:24 EST
Subject: [CB] Alpenhorn sighting!

A TV ad for Ricola cough drops, seen on CNN today, includes (along with a lot
of people in Hollyweird "Alpine" drag who look as if they can't find the
community theater's SOUND OF MUSIC rehearsal) a fellow with a long alpenhorn
made of pale blond wood.


Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2002 01:21:35 -0800
From: Craig Durham
Subject: Re: [CB] Alpenhorn sighting!

Does the alpenhorn have a sound as low as it's dimensions would suggest,
or does it blow partials? I don't think I've ever heard one, and I doubt the
brief blatt at the end of the commercial in question came from the pictured



Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 10:14:55 EST
Subject: Re: [CB] Bass Flutes(contrabass list)

I have an Artley Oglvie (sp?) model from about 1973.  I t caqme with "wings"
on the lip plate, which I always disliked.  Eva charged around $700, which
was almost what I paid for the flute in 1973, but it improved the flute so
much it is like having a new flute.


Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 10:42:50 -0500
Subject: Re: [CB] Alpenhorn sighting!
From: Michael C Grogg

The average length on Alpen horns is about 12 feet, so the fundimental would be around an F or F#.

The limited contact I have had with players of Alpenhorns indicated F#.  There was one on Ebay recently that was custom built in Eb.

There are a few serious Alpenhon Jazz players in Switzerland, and they play well up in the register where all the closely spaced overtones allow some scalewise playing to occur.  The mouthpiece on the average Alpenhorn is about the size of a (French) horn mouthpiece, not the tuba size you might expect.

Michael Grogg
Drummer List Co-Moderator


Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 12:40:14 -0600
Subject: Re: [CB] Alpenhorn sighting!
From: Oscar A Wehmanen

 The local FM station, KUHF, played an
 alphorn concerto some time ago.
 It sounded like a straight (French) Horn.
 The bell is really too small to make the fundamental
 useful.  Oscar

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From: "Patrick.Scully"
Subject: [CB] Synthetic Contra Reeds are Coming!
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 11:16:29 -0800

While not everyone here agreed with my assertion that low reed instruments were the logical core market for synthetic reeds, it was a fun dialogue!

Well, enough of the theorizing and extemporizing.  Legere is developing both an "Eb contrabass" clarinet reed, as well as a line of double reeds.  The Eb contrabass (contra alto) clarinet reed should work fine on the bass saxophone and the BBb contrabass clarinet, assuming that the dimensions approximate those of the Rico or Vandoren contrabass clarinet reeds.

It's really nice to see a music industry manufacturer respond to customer needs for a change!  Here's a link to Legere so you can stay up to date on developments:



From: "Merlin Williams"
Subject: Re: [CB] Synthetic Contra Reeds are Coming!
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 16:50:21 -0500

Don't wait for the Contra reed - just grab their baritone reeds. I use Legere bari reeds on my bass sax. The reed is cut to match the Vandoren in strength and dimension.

Visit Merlin's Mouthpiece
Jupiter Saxophone Artist/Clinician and member of the the Sax Ring.

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