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Vol. 1, No. 3 18 June 1996

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please pardon the delay for this issue. We spent the weekend (1) taking the kids to Disneyland, and (2) attending my niece's graduation from UCLA (summa cum laude in business!). As a direct consequence, I didn't have access to my computer and email.

ALSO, my apologies if I missed anyone. I picked up some messages at home and some at work, and I'm not sure if I got them all together. If I find any I missed, they'll appear in the next issue.



Date: Mon, 17 Jun 1996 22:00:18 +0200

To: gdgreen@crl.com

From: Hans Mons <Hans.Mons@IAEhv.nl>

Subject: CONTRA, Intro

Hi Grant and all Contra-Listers,

A very good idea, this list. I hope that we can get enough people to fill it. Let me start from my side with an introductions. Here it is.

I grew up in Amsterdam, I suppose you know, somewhere in Europe. Studied for electronics engineer at the technical university of Eindhoven, again in the Netherlands. And after doing that, I started working for Philips, also in Eindhoven. Some (26) years later I still work for that same company.the area of recordable CD. For my job I do a lot of traveling, mainly to Japan and to the West Coast (LA, San Jose, Seattle).

My first instrument was the recorder. From 1970 to about 1988 recorders have been my only instruments. In this I must confess that my preference was already then the bass recorder. In 1988, I discovered the crumhorn, and then all those other things started.

But before that I started making recorders, followed a few weekend courses in basic techniques, such as making the bore and the windway. After these short courses, I did a one week workshop recorder making in 1987 with a recorder maker from Norway, Sverre Kolberg.

After I started playing crumhorns, on borrowed instruments, I started looking to possibilities to make these kind of instruments myself. And started with making an alto and a soprano cornamuse, based on the dimensions of crumhorns and the text of Preatorius in Syntagma Musicum. Another instrument from Syntagma Musicum fascinated me, the racket. So, I made a full consort of renaissance rackets. To develop these took quite some time, but I loved doing it. At this time I mainly use the bass racket, mainly as a double bass to a Viol, and this works wonderfull.

Due to the rackets and crumhorns, I became fascinated by other renaissance double reed instruments. And so, since a few years now, I own a full set (sorry, not yet the great bass) Dulcians, and in the mean time small set (only SAT for now) of shawms. None of them made by myself, the dulcians come from Eric Moulder and the shawms from John Hanchet. As a consequence of so many instruments, I am now mainly playing, on dulcians and shawms, and sometimes still recorder, not to forget the bass racket.

For about the last three years now, I have not been making instruments any more, the only things that I now make are reeds, but also here I find a tendency to buy them so that I can spend more time on playing.

That's about my personal history.

There are still quite some old style instruments that fascinate me, and someday I will (perhaps) own some, or all, of these. They are:

Grant, how is your sordune going?

Hans Mons

Hans, my sordune has been mainly sleeping ;-). I think I need to work on the reed supplied with the horn, and just haven't had the time to devote to it. I still hope to add a GB sordune sound clip to the web page in the not too distant future.


From: basher@apr.com (Betty_Asher_SA)

Date: Sat, 15 Jun 96 10:26:38 -0700

To: gdgreen@crl.com

Subject: 16vb list

Grant - Sounds like fun - please include me. basher@apr.com

Betty Asher, contra, etc.

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