Vol. 4, No. 106


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Contrabass-list Sat, 31 Jan 1998 Volume 1 : Number 106

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 19:17:56 -0500
From: bonedaddy@Connections.ultranet.com
Subject: Band & Orchestra Guide by Pan American

Subject line is the title of the 52 page booklet I found yesterday, sub-titled "A Practical Handbook for Bandmasters and Music Educators". It's copyright date is 1935 by the Pan-American Band Instrument and Case Co., Elkhart, Indiana. They were a sub-division of C.G. Conn, Ltd. that I understand was the division that made the student line of instruments (correct me if I'm mistaken here), although the quality was very high - perhaps better than some so-called pro models. I used to own a Pan American sousaphone that had a great big sound to it, although I had to sell it to buy my Carl Fischer, New York American Model Bb helicon made in 1890 probably by C.G. Conn, according to Dr. Margaret Downie Banks of the Shrine to Music Museum. But I digress...The printing quality of the handbook is great! Reminds me of an early Boy Scout handbook. Has a great simulated leather oaktag cover and many great quality photos (from negatives with the backgrounds blacked out, hence showing just the instrument, catalog-style) of most of their instruments, including a great pic of their Eb Contra-Bass Sarrusophone!

Athough they built a BBb Contra-Bass Clarinet, there was no photo. Not having that much contact with bassoonists, I can't tell you whether the included picture was their Contra-Bassoon or their plain vanilla bassoon. The book also includes several fingering charts, although they admit to only giving one fingering per note for a full Heckel system bassoon, as there are "118 different fingerings for the 47 notes", a bunch of great tips on organizizing a band or orchestra, conducting, seating, marching formation, tuning charts, transposition, ranges of instruments, care of instruments, and the mechanics of music.I will try to remember to scan the sarrusophone page when I get to Kinko's to make an oversized copy of the handbook (It's easier to touch up a 200% sized copy for your master!) Any CB'ers in the Boston area have access to a scanner? I always end up spending too much at Kinko's!

A nice little piece of history here!

Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 10:22:20 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Another CB Flute CD?


I was just surfing around, and ran across mention of another CD that appears to have a Kotato contrabass flute. The disc is "Elephant Hotel" by Akiko Yano, apparently in jazz or pop style. Has anyone heard this?


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