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From: "John Kilpatrick"
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002 11:14:21 -0000

I've just been to Opera North's production of Albert Herring, in Nottingham.
I like Britten's music, but haven't heard this work before. The band was on
stage. There is a wonderful duet, Alto Flute and Bass Clarinet - worth going
for that alone - which includes a beautiful altimissimo passage on the Bass.

Now the low notes on my BBb paperclip are superb, but I do wish I had an
altissimo register - I can't get above D (register key only, plus the odd
key here or there, perhaps). Should I be able to get higher? any tips?

John Kilpatrick - Sheffield


From: MVinquist
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002 10:01:01 EST
Subject: [CB] Leblanc Bell

>>One more thing.  The instrument is the all-chrome model rather than the
>>current black one.  On a slow-selling instrument like this, presumably
>>Leblanc still has stock on the old model.

>Depends on when he actually received it.  Did the article say (I
>don't remember off hand)?  I thought that the 340 was "out of stock
>and backordered" for about a year, and assumed that he must have
>received his prior to that.

Grant -

The article says only that he got interested in painting something for
Leblanc after seeing the Winter 1999 issue of the Bell magazine and
negotiated the trade through a "flurry of letters and emails."  The Winter
2002 issue came out only recently, so it's been 3 years, and the delivery
could easily have been over a year ago.  On a non-time-sensitive story like
this, it could easily have taken the editors a couple of years to run it, so
you're certainly right about the timing.

Best regards.

Ken Shaw

Date: Sat, 02 Mar 2002 14:27:27 EST
From: SEMarcus
Subject: [CB] Contrbass Sax at NAMM

On page 65 of the March 2002 issue of Musical Merchandise Review Magazine is a photo with the following caption:

"BEST BIG HORN: Robert Verdi, artist/performer, with a rare vintage contra-bass [sic] saxophone at the J.J. Babbitt exhibit."

Sorry, I don't have a scanner, and is under contruction.

Steve Marcus
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