Vol. 2, No. 14

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Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 20:20:44 -0400 (EDT)

Contrabass-list Digest Volume 97 : Issue 14

Today's Topics:

Date: Wed, 09 Apr 1997 10:55:04 -0700

From: "John J. Hensley" <jhensley@cisco.com>

To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com

Subject: Cimbasso

I didn't see anywhere in the digests that the question "what's a cimbasso?" was answered. The cimbasso is a low valved brass, typically scored for in Italian opera. It's a true bass valve trombone, keyed in F. For a bit more info, see < http://www.dada.it/verso/ >.

John Hensley

>>>Recently in Sweden there was a radio broadcast of a concerto by
>>>Christer Bothin,who plays bass and contra clarinet.It also featured
>>>Mats Gustavsson,who plays tenor and"flutophone",and another sideman
>>>tuba and"czimbasso".What is that really??
>>>+Anyone ever heard the bass banjo??
>>>Mats 0ljare
>>Yep. Les Claypool of Primus has a bass banjo, and played it on (I >think)
>>their most recent CD. Thunk thunk thunk thunka thunk...
>I understand you didn´t know the post was meant for the list.Sorry.
>Mats 0ljare,composer and baritonist

Date: Wed, 09 Apr 1997 12:13:06 -0700

From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Orsi Contrabass sax

Buon giorno Mr. Green,

I'd like to send you the photo published last month by the biggest German newspaper (the Bildzeitung) during the Music Fair of Frankfurt. It shows Mr. Perin, the owner of Orsi with the contrabass saxophone.

With best regards,


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Date: Wed, 09 Apr 1997 12:12:40 -0700

From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Orsi's contrabass oboe


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 with 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.



Date: Wed, 09 Apr 1997 17:24:00 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Another SJWS concert...

For all fans of band music in the Bay Area, the San Jose Wind Symphony is having another concert on Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 7:00 PM at the Milpitas Community Center (457 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas CA). This concert is entitled "A Potpourri of Music and Dance", and features as guests the Milpitas "Fancy Dancers" (performing during West Side Story). The program is a variety of classical and semi-classical/pop tunes and marches. Tickets $3 at the door. Refreshments too!


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