Vol. 2, No. 43


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Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 06:08:40 -0400 (EDT)

Contrabass-list Digest Volume 97 : Issue 43

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Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 00:37:29 -0500
From: jimkatz@johnabbott.qc.ca (Jim Katz)
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Re: contrabass-list Digest V97 #41

>All this talk of tuba building has sparked my interest. Does anyone on
>the list make woodwinds?

>Mikey Smith

Somewhere on the net you can find a wonderfully silly (if rather long and detailed) reed-in-cheek essay on building your own bassoon. It is worth a search.


Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 11:56:42 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Contrabass Trumpet


I finally took a few photographs of my Carl Kleinsteuber contrabass trumpet in F, next to a Getzen Bb bass trumpet (for scale), and have posted them to the contrabass site.

I'll eventually paste them into a page for bass/contrabass trumpet, but for now you can find them at cbtp1.jpg and cbtp2.jpg (or in the archive version of this digest).



Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 11:58:31 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Shipping the Big One


Thanks to everyone who sent or posted suggestions regarding traveling with a contrabass. For those who missed it, I'll be going to Austria and Switzerland for a week in July, with the San Jose Wind Symphony (playing contrabass clarinet).

Now, does anyone know of a good source for cork shims?


Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 12:47:46 -0700
From: Craig Ruff <cruff@niwot.scd.ucar.EDU> (by way of Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>)
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Re: Subscribe?

On Wed, May 21, 1997 at 11:43:26AM -0700, Grant Green wrote:

> My email setup seems to have mangled a few messages. Did you send a
> subscribe request to contrabass-list-request@contrabass.com? Please let me
> know, and I'll subscribe you manually. Just trying to make sure I picked
> the correct address out of the hash.

Yup, I just sent a subscription request today.

I've been browsing the archive of the list today. Fun stuff. Here's a bit about myself:

I'm 35 and by day a software engineer (aka computer nerd). I started playing soprano clarinet about 25 years ago. Then I got to junior high school and switched to bass clarinet. Then I was hooked (just like many others on the list)! After that, it was one low instrument after another. Tenor sax, bari sax, bassoon, then bass sax, which was a poorly tuned instrument, so I quickly took up tuba (quite fun). When I got to college, I played bass clarinet and contra-alto clarinet in the wind ensemble.

Seeing the web page and contrabass-list archives has brought back fond memories of playing the CA clarinet and not being able to read the music because it was vibrating so much on the pedal notes! It was the metal paper clip style, I think a LeBlanc. Our director was a trumpet player, but he loved a full clarinet section, from the Eb soprano down to me.

Lately I've started trying to learn how to build woodwinds. I'm starting with turning maple into flute blanks, but am desirous of trying clarinets.

Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 15:50:13 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: DIY

All this talk of "building your own" instrument reminds me that there are a few other "DIY" instrument pages on the web. In addition to Carl's excellent DIY Tuba page, there's someone (reported in the IDRS journal, if I remember right) who made his own contrabassoon , a bagpipe chanter maker, and a (tongue in cheek) DIY bassoon page that's worth a look.



Date: Tue, 27 May 97 11:08:00 BST
From: Francis Firth <Francis.Firth@uce.ac.uk>
To: "'contrabass-l'" <contrabass-list@contrabass.com>
Subject: Bass Oboe on CD

Hello all,

I've just received my copy of Inside a Cd of Computer and Electoacoustic Music by the Canadian composer Barry Truax on the Cambridge Street Records label.

This includes the title piece of 13 minutes for Bass Oboe and 2 digital soundtracks featuring modified bass oboe sounds.

Although it includes a few multiphonics this is basically a lyrical piece which shows off the range, sound and possibilities of the bass oboe, which is always distinguishable from and over the tape sounds, very well. The bass oboist is the well-known Lawrence Cherney. I can certainly recommend this, the first original (as opposed to arranged for) composition for bass oboe on either CD or LP (to my knowledge).

I got my copy via the Canadian Music Centre which has an interesting CD catalogue on its homepages.

If anyone wants to know what a bass oboe is like it is like a Cor Anglais (English Horn) only more so. More plangent and soulful than the Heckelphone. More reedy and less rounded and powerful it is a distinctive voice probably best suited to chamber music or solo passages in lightly-scored orchestral music. It seems best suited to lyrical and relatively slow music but I can imagine someone like Franciax writing well for it in a lighter, faster more humorous vein (as he does for Cor Anglais in his quartet for it with strings).

Francis Firth

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