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Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 18:51:00 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Sarrusophone 4 sale Correction!

After looking at the photo more carefully, I see that the instrument is actually a reed contrabass , NOT a sarrusophone .  You can tell by (a) the fact that there are only two keys for LH4, (b) no alternate keys for RH1 (the Bb, C, and high D keys), and (c) the width of the bell throat.  A look at the back of the instrument, or the bocal, would also be definitive.

Sorry if I got anyone's hopes up...


Grant Green                            
Sarrusophones and other
Contrabass Winds        


Subject: Re: [CB] lipping down
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 23:43:22

My teacher also taught me to lip down on the bassoon- down to low F's and
D's are capable like Harry said, but I think the whole concept is much more
fun on the contrabassoon. With the right reed you can lip down to a "really
low F" and even lower, pitch is a little hard to make out down there---but
it sure gives those tubas a run for their money...
Brock Imison
Brisbane, Aust.

>TERJE LERSTAD wrote about lipping down on single reed instruments. My
>bassoon teacher, Stephen Maxym, showed a few of his students back in the
>70's (myself, Frank Morelli, Michael Campbell, etc.) how to do this on the
>bassoon to produce a very useable low A.
>Being the crazed students we were, we took it a few steps further (down) and
>have actually developed a way to play these "pedal" tones on a consistent
>basis.  They ain't too loud, but by fingering say a low F and moving out
>onto the tip of the reed, we could produce a low F beneath the low B-flat. A
>pedal low D is about the limit.

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