Vol. 2, No. 24


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Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 13:59:01 -0400 (EDT)

Contrabass-list Digest Volume 97 : Issue 24

Today's Topics:

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 07:29:15 -0700
From: bonedaddy@Connections.ultranet.com
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: rebroadcast #19

For those interested in the cimbasso, you can contact Osmun Music in Arlington, MA where they currently have one on display for sale. I've had a brief opportunity to play it and found it had somewhat of a stuffy sound, at least for my purposes. This may have had a bit to do with the mouthpiece I used, at least to some degree, but I prefer the sound of a great big bass bone with a large bell. I'm still too poor to sell my soul for that big phat sound, but I have been spoiled by the loan of a friend's Yamaha with that "big ten inch" bell! Anyhoo, you might convince someone at Osmun's to photograph and scan the photo for their web page. If not, maybe Doug Yeo (bass trombonist and serpentist of Boston Symphony) might be coerced into doing so, perhaps even recording a sample of its sound for a wave file. I can't speak for Doug, so...

Both Osmun's and Doug Yeo have web pages, so it's probably an easy scan with Yahoo! to find them.


Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 11:02:35 +0000
From: Paul Lindemeyer <paulwl@gannett.infi.net>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: C Bass Sax -- Retraction

> Subject: C Bass Sax
> Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 00:43:15 +0000
> From: Paul Lindemeyer <paulwl@gannett.infi.net>
> To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com

> > Were there several C basses made?
> At least two, Sax' original instrument and another one he made back in
> the 1860s or 70s. (The latter is pictured in the January 1990 issue of
> SAXOPHONE JOURNAL, Vol. 14, No. 4.)

Oops. The abovementioned picture didn't say "C bass sax," just "bass sax." The odd proportions of the thing (huge toneholes, small bell) had me fooled.


Paul Lindemeyer (paulwl@gannett.infi.net)

At your local bookseller from William Morrow & Co.

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 11:19:19 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Re: Automation of list

Mark said:

>Seems to me that the digests were much larger when Grant was doing this manually. Are
>we all just not saying something? Is thee still some who are not receiving the digest

I know some people aren't getting the digest: I get "bounce" messages from everyone at juno.com, and a few others. I think most people are successfully receiving the digests now, though.

As to the size, though, I think it is more the limits we set up for the software. When I prepared the digests by hand, I would just wait until there were enough posts (and I had sufficient time) to make a digest worthwhile. The software is set to generate a digest whenever (a) the messages in the queue are more than a certain number of seconds old, or (b) whenever the messages in the queue total more than a certain number of bytes. I think we're probably hitting limit (a) most of the time. So, we could either talk more, or we can raise the time limit. Raising the time limit will mean (of course) that there won't be as many digests per week unless we talk more. The "nearly every day" time limit sort of compromises between those who want a digest, and those who want "non-digest" up-to-the-minute posts.

I'll take a vote : how many subscribers would like digests larger and less often (vs. the current situation)? Or does anyone have any other suggestion?


Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 11:04:13 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: WLEEWOOD@aol.com
Cc: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Re: SUBSCRIBE

At 09:43 AM 4/18/97 -0400, you wrote:


>I too love the low woodwind sounds since I played a contra-alto clarinet in
>college. I have reciently been looking for an affordable LaBlanc model.
> Unfortunately most people want to sell them for what they are worth.

...If not more ;-)

I've run across a few Eb contras for sale in the past couple months. My "usual list" of places to try is:

The Woodwind & Brasswind

Wichita Band Instrument

Charles Fail Music Co.

The WW&BW carries not only new horns, but also used and "scratch & dent" horns (e.g., demos and rental returns) which are often bargains (and are fully repaired before shipping). To find WW&BW's used and s&d tables online, "enter the store", then click on the "News" link. It isn't very intuitive, but they're apparently redesigning things now.

I think all three of them are offerring Eb contras right now. I've always gone for the Bb contra: why stop halfway? ;-)


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