Vol. 2, No. 31


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Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 10:54:59 -0400 (EDT)

Contrabass-list Digest Volume 97 : Issue 31

Today's Topics:

Date: 24 Apr 97 13:50:16 -0700
From: "JMULLER.US.ORACLE.COM" <JMULLER@us.oracle.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Re: contra reeds

Harking back to my days on contra clarinets, I don't recall having any trouble getting contraalto and contrabass reeds (different sizes: don't believe them if they tell you differently) from one manufacturer. I don't think it was Rico: probably LeBlanc. I wouldn't think things would have changed so much: so I'd keep looking for someone who knows the difference between the two.

As for whether it makes much difference, I don't know. I do know it made a huge difference when I replaced the bari mouthpiece I was using on my bass sax with a true bass mouthpiece.


Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 14:44:54 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Re: Looped Contras

Don Gross said:

> I'll be the
>one playing the looped Bb contrabass clarinet purchased fully restored and
>overhauled from Charles Fail Music in Marietta, Georgia in January. Once
>properly adjusted, contras stay adjusted. I played on a borrowed looped Bb
>contra (to low D) for 5 years with no adjustment problems at all. Just don't
>let anyone else touch the horn!!

I think mine still needs to "settle in" a bit. I keep a jewler's screwdriver in my case and concert folder for spot adjustments. The only problems I have are: the pad above RH1 and RH2 (that closes when either of those keys is pressed) sometimes doesn't seat (quick adjustment on two little screws), and the main rod screw for the RH stack likes to crawl way up inside the rod. When it gets far enough in, the RH stack binds, and that RH1/2 pad doesn't open. Now, I just make sure that I can feel the head of that screw extending just detectably past the post before I start rehearsal.

Of course, my horn wasn't set up by a pro since leaving the factory: had it drop-shipped straight from Leblanc in WI so I'd have it for the audition (I guess it worked!).


Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 21:21:12, -0500
From: KUUP84A@prodigy.com (MR MARK A TRINKO)
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Claremont HS Performance

How much? Can people from Las Vegas come and listen? :)

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 09:10:03 EST
From: "Daryl Fletcher" <daryl@www.walker.public.lib.ga.us>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: bass and contrabass clarinets

Just curious, but does it usually take a while for soprano clarinet players to get used to playing the lower clarinets? My wife is a clarinet player, and she is interested in learning to play either a bass or contrabass.


Daryl Fletcher

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 10:24:41 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: More tinkering...


Still tinkering with the program settings. It looks like it was originally set up so that the "reply to" field had the administrative address for the list. I've tried to change this so that the "Reply To" lists the submission address. We'll see if it works with the next digest.

Crossing my fingers....


Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 10:32:55 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Efficient Instruments


If you're looking for a really efficient contrabass instrument, you should check out the contrabass rackett. Goes down to the contrabassoon's lowest C, but has a body only 10" long (14" including the reed and pirouette). The bore in a rackett is folded over repeatedly: while the bassoon has two parallel bores (one going down, the other going up), the rackett has eight. There's a picture (and short sound clip) at http://www.contrabass.com/pages/rackett.html .

Does anyone know if organ pipes are ever folded?


Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 07:53:15 -0700
From: WilPryde@aol.com (by way of Grant Green <WilPryde@aol.com>)
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Question.

Isn't there a BBBBflat Sub-Contrabass Tuba?

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