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Vol. 1, No. 29

6 August 1996

Author: KUUP84A@prodigy.com (MR MARK A TRINKO)
Date: 8/5/96 7:33 PM
Subject: Contra-L

Several times I have seen people on this list indicate a coming .wav file with various sounds but don't recall ever being directed to a specific place to hear the file. Has anyone really ever created and posted a .wav file for us to listen to of a LOW musical instrument.


Most (make that all) of the wav files posted so far are only on the web. I typically link them to a hopefully appropriate page on my site. WAV files tend to be pretty large, and I've found that many people don't like to receive 990K-sized email messages. I did post a WAV of part of "Paper Moon" on the Eb contrabass sarrusophone last Friday, linked to the sarrusophone page. You can download it directly as paprmoon.wav (URL = http://www.crl.com/~gdgreen/paprmoon.wav ), or I can email it to you directly.

If I email it, you'll probably receive it as about 30 messages of uuencoded file. All you need to do is to save the messages to a directory, and give them sequential numbers (like pm1.uue, pm2.uue, pm3.uue, etc.). Then run uudecode (uudecode pm1.uue), and uudecode should be able to decode the files and stitch them together into a playable WAV file (the media player aplet in Windows' accessories group works for me). You can also download the uudecode program from the web site ( http://www.crl.com/~gdgreen/uuprog.zip ). Type in the full URL, as there is no link to the zip file.

Let me know if you'd like the WAV files, and I'll start shipping them out!


Date: Tue, 6 Aug 1996 02:50:50 -0400
From: PaulWalto@aol.com
To: groover@netcom.com
Subject: The Amazing Sub(?)-Contrabass Sax (cc: Contrabass-L)


To answer your query on my somewhat cryptic posting:

>>WHO is Rod Baltimore, and where is the sax, and does anyone have dimensions, and what is the mouthpiece?<<

Rod Baltimore is proprietor of International Woodwind & Brass Co. in New York City. In 1965 or so, as a technician with the now defunct Charles Ponte Music Co., Rod helped build a sort of jury-rigged giant saxophone for the NBC-TV "Garry Moore Show." It was to be used in only one scene, announced as "the world's largest saxophone."

It must have been quite a sight for the TV audience. Based on an old color photo Rod has in the shop, the saxophone appears to have been 11 or 12 feet tall, with perhaps 24-27 feet of tubing. The construction was somewhat primitive. The bell flare was soldered on, instead of spun, and looks like the brim of a stovepipe hat.

Rod told me the horn would play, but nowhere near in tune. Even if one person could have played it (and it was way too big), it would have been useless for making real music. I doubt he would remember what key it was in--if any!--or what mouthpiece was used.

I got the feeling the sax was a show biz put-up job and not meant to be a real instrument at all. The horn was almost certainly sold for scrap after its TV appearance. Too bad, given the many man-hours of work obviously involved. It could have gone to the Believe It or Not Museum!

I have a color copy of the photo, which I will need to rescan to get it to a manageable size (last try was 540K!). Let me know and I'll email it when it's done.

Till then, hope this satisfies your curiosity. Like to read that Yale tuba article sometime.

Rumbling ominously,
Paul Lindemeyer


Feel free to go ahead and ship me the image: I have a collection of software here (Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, etc.) that I can use to downsize and compress images (not to mention the Fractal Imager, which really compresses images).


Date: Tue, 6 Aug 1996 09:27:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Philip Neuman <neuman@uofport.edu>
Subject: contrebasse a anche

Through a message from Timothy Tikker I found your website on sarrusophones which I enjoyed. (although I can only read the text through this web server)

On the subject of recordings, our brass ensemble, Pioneer Brass, came out with a CD on Gagliano called "A Pioneer Brass Christmas" on which I play a version of "Let it Snow" on our c.1870 Besson contrebasse a anche.

This year our early music ensembles, De Organographia and the Oregon Renaissance Band, released "Carnevale! Carnival Songs, Frottole, Dances and other Festive Music from 16th century Italy" which includes quite a bit of early double reed ensemble pieces including racketts, schreierpfeiffen, crumhorns and others.

If your readers might be interested, they are available from us:

Pandourion Records
709 5th Place
Oregon City, OR 97045


yours sincerely,
Phil Neuman

Well, if they aren't, I certainly am!

I'm curious about the contra ad anche (especially as I presently have the possibility of acquiring one). What sort of reeds do you use on it? How large is the instrument?

BTW, are you the same Phil Neuman who makes early music woodwinds?


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