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Date: Tue, 8 Apr 1997 10:04:52 -0400 (EDT)

Contrabass-list Digest Volume 97 : Issue 13

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Date: Mon, 07 Apr 1997 16:05:24 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: tradab@mbox.vol.it
Cc: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Orsi 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

>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
>the production and the instruments.

Thank you! Actually, my wife is very interested in visiting Italy (as am I), and we hope to get there some time in the next 12 months. When we manage to actually schedule a trip, I'll write to get directions.

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


>- Eb CONTRABASS (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).

I'm very interested in the instrument, and in the CD. Can you say what the price for a contrabass sax, delivered to the US would be? And I would appreciate any information regarding the CD (e.g., title, publisher, catalog number etc.).


>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.

This is also a very interesting instrument. I actually have a picture of one posted, sent to me by a friend. I would greatly appreciate any information available on the instrument, for example, the key it plays in, its range, system of keywork (e.g., Conservatoire), how many were made and when, and if there are any recordings of them. I would love to hear one, and post a small sound clip on the web page.

And how much would a contrabass oboe cost today?

>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.

I actually already have a reed contrabass: just haven't had time to record it yet. It would be interesting to compare the sound of your instrument to mine, however. I'd appreciate a recording, if it isn't much trouble.


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



I hope that you don't mind: I have taken the liberty of forwarding your message to the contrabass-list digest list, as many of the subscribers are interested in these instruments. If you would send me a price list/catalog of instruments offered by Orsi, I'd like to post that to the list as well.

Thanks very much for the information,

Very truly yours,

Grant D. Green

Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 07:50:32 -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


I wrote:

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.

Yesterday I have been at Orsi and saw that we still have this instrument in our collection. We call ist C o n t r a b a s s S a r r u s o p h o n e wit double-reed. The neck of the instrument is not exactly the same as shown in your photo. Since the instrument shown in your home page does not have keys we thought about making a photo of the one we have and send it to you. This will not happan before two weeks since next week I'm going to be in Germany.

By the way, this instrument is still in our price list.

As soon as I get to it, I'll send the pic.



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