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Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 22:41:16 -0400 (EDT)

Contrabass-list Digest Volume 97 : Issue 20

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Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 19:40:07 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: arehow@vgernet.net
Cc: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Re: contrabass-list Digest V97 #15

At 10:07 PM 4/13/97 -0400, you wrote:

>I too have an Orsi reed contrabass, circa 1880, in working condition.
>The keywork is neither oboe nor saxlike, more like a piano, each finger
>opens a single large key. What reeds are used on this instrument?
>Where can I get one?

>An Orsi Eb Contrabass Sax is available at International WW and Brass
>(aka Rod Baltimore Music) in midtown Manhattan for $40,000 new. It
>plays wonderfully
>Robert Howe

Yep, that's the typical reed contrabass fingering system: one key per note. I've actually posted a fingering chart for the beast (for mine, at least) at http://www.contrabass.com/pages/anchefin.html .For reeds, I use the ever-popular great bass sordune reed (the same thing I use on the Eb contrabass sarrusophone). It seems to fit the bocal and range the best, though I really haven't tried much else.


From: Francis Firth <Francis.Firth@uce.ac.uk>
To: "'contrabass-l'" <contrabass-list@contrabass.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 97 16:32:00 BST
Subject: Gavin Bryars Bass Oboe Concerto recording?

Did anyone on contrabass-l make a tape of this CBC Canadian boradcast? If so I'd be very grateful for a copy. Come on all you Canadian members!

1995 Winnipeg New Music Festival
Tuesday, January 24
At 8 p.m. [9 Mar/9:30 Nfld.], live coverage of the 1995
Winnipeg New Music Festival. The Winnipeg Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey performs the world
premiere of a new work for bass oboe, strings and harpsichord
by guest artist, British composer Gavin Bryars, as well as
works by Jarrett, Henze and Nyman. With Lawrence Cherney,
Stephen Sitarski, Erica Goodman, Bramwell Tovey.

Thanks in advance for any help,

Francis Firth

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