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Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 17:04:08 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] Contrabass Clarinet -- Altissimo Fingerings

>Actually, it appears that the Leblanc "paperclip" contralto (model
>350) has all four jump keys.  Of course, the Selmer, Buffet, and
>Leblanc contraltos all have different register key arrangements, so
>you'll probably need to experiment with the several alternate
>fingerings Terje provides to see which one works best for your

Here's a peculiarity:  I was locating URLs for links in today's digest archive, and noticed that the Buffet contra-alto is described as having a "half hole speaker vent."  I assume they're referring to the LH1 pinhole commonly found on bass clarinets.  The odd thing is that they list as the benefit "Better emission of the F# without noise."  This strikes me as "copy written by someone who has never played a bass clarinet."

The Selmer site doesn't mention the LH1 pinhole, and oddly states that the range of the model 40 Eb contra (they call it the model 40 EEb bass clarinet in one place, and EEb contra-alto in another) is to low E.  Not Eb, but E.

Oh well.  Time to go back to proofreading my patent application...


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

Subject: Re: [CB] Sub-tubax
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 10:34:17 +0100

I am just going through some old e-mail, and noticed the mention of a contrabassoon extended to Aflat.  In fact I have a photo of it: It belongs to Werner Schulze in Vienna. It looks fantastic, with the bell nearly going down again to the floor, so it's triple folded. If there is an interest, I can put a scan of the photo some place, so evereybody can look at it.
Terje Lerstad


From: SEMarcus
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 07:18:30 EST
Subject: Re: [CB] Sub-tubax

In a message dated 3/6/02 3:27:22 AM, terje_bjorn.lerstad writes:

<< I can put a scan of the photo some place, so evereybody can look at it. >>

Please do!

Steve Marcus

From: Clarinetmama
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 09:06:04 EST
Subject: [CB] boxwood

A bit off the subject.  I bought a Marigaux clarinet recently on ebay, which I really like and found it has great tone quality, etc.  Anyway, I took it to my repair guy because I wasn't crazy about how the keys felt and he tells me it isn't grenadilla but boxwood.
That is fine with me, but the question is there anything special or different I should be doing with this wood?  I know the older clarinets were made of boxwood.  Historically, can anyone tell me why they switched to grenadilla?

Thanks in advance for your answers.



Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 10:42:29 -0500
Subject: Re: [CB] boxwood
From: Michael C Grogg

Two reasons I have heard of, one that boxwood was very prone to warping
unless seasoned for a very long time, many boxwood instruments in the
museums are in a less than straight condition, and second that the supply
of boxwood stock large enough to make instruments became depleted in
Europe, much the same as the situation is becoming with ebony and
genadilla today.



From: "Spencer Parks"
Subject: Re: [CB] Sub-tubax
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 10:04:17 -0600

><< I can put a scan of the photo some place, so evereybody can look at it. >>
>Please do!

Sounds interesting


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