Vol. 2, No. 12


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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 1997 10:04:52 -0400 (EDT)

contrabass-list Digest Volume 97 : Issue 12

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Date: Sun, 06 Apr 1997 19:29:02 -0700
From: Alfredo Bonamini <tradab@mbox.vol.it> (by way of Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>)
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Orsi wind instruments


my name is Alfredo Bonamini and I take care for the Orsi company of the German speaking countries.

Yesterday I drove with Mr. Perin, the owner of Orsi, to Rimini where an instrument fair is taking place. This fair is not very interesting for a wind instrument producer, but it's always nice to see what is going on in the field of music instruments, besides that we met a lot of people we know. I used the opportunity to discuss with Mr. Perin your home page and asked him a few things, I'd like to tell you.

We agreed that it would be nice to have people visiting the company (earlier we had often musical schools visiting the production but we stopped it, probably there were too many coming) and if you should come to Milan/Italy we would be glad to show you the production and the instruments.

I'd like to give you some information about interesting instruments produced by Orsi:

S a x o p h o n e s

As far as we know we are the only company in the world who produces

(we sold one last week, final customer a German music school) but we plan to produce very soon another one, since we have different inquiries. The instrument has a rather high price due to the dimensions and since we produce every single piece curved with lead (price is 4 to 5 times that of a Bb Bass Saxophone). Everything is hand made. This applies to all Orsi wind instruments. By the way, we got lately a CD recording of Thomas K.J. Meyer who bought this instrument last year (CD recorded by "earup" in Basel/Switzerland).
The leading companies selling wind instrument in the USA are going to have it soon on their catalog.

C o n t r a b a s s O b o e

Mr. Perin told me, that we may still have one antique contrabass oboe in our collection. If we really do, we could record some notes and send them to you, so you could hear how it sounds.

Orsi is are able to produce all strange instruments which are not used any more. We still do have the tools to produce them same way as they were produced 160 years ago.

R e e d C o n t r a b a s s

We still have one of those reed contrabasses which was built in 1880. We exposed it a month ago at the Frankfurt/Germany Musikmesse. If you should be interested to know how it sounds we could make a small recording for your home page. In our price list the reed contrabass is just under the contrabass sarrusophone.

Orsi still does produce wind instruments for cavalry (those you play while you ride). We had lately an enquiry from South America.

The company Orsi was founded 1836 and became soon the "Prof. Orsi". Mr. Orsi was the first clarinet of La Scala Opera House, Milan. Famous composers consulted Mr. Orsi, who later became the Art Director of La Scala. In particular, Mr. Orsi produced, as requested to him by Giuseppe Verdi, the "A" Bass Clarinet for the first performance of "Othello" by G. Verdi in 1887. The company still has the autographic signature of Verdi which he gave to Prof. Romeo Orsi. The original manuscript reproduces the music for the "A" Bass Clarinet of the duet between Jago and Othello (handwritten by Verdi). We also do have the autographic letter of thanks by Puccini, Toscanini, Ponchielli and Mascagni given to Prof. Orsi. The company Orsi still has clarinets and many other instruments built in the last century, as well as the clarinet played by Prof. Orsi himself.

If you should have any question, I'd be glad to give you further information.



Date: Mon, 07 Apr 97 14:58:00 BST
From: Francis Firth <Francis.Firth@uce.ac.uk>
To: "'contrabass-l'" <contrabass-list@contrabass.com>
Subject: CD

I though that members woul like to know about the following new CD:

Label FMP
Number FMP CD84
Title Holz fur Europa: Comite Imaginaire

Content Pretty avant-garde European free jazz but plent of obvious contrabass instruments (what! 3 contrabass clarinet players on 1 disc?). I'd say it's pretty interesting but not everyone will agree.

BTW it was recorded live in summer, 1995.


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