Vol. 4, No. 114


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Contrabass-list Wed, 11 Feb 1998 Volume 1 : Number 114

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Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 19:16:54 -0500 (EST)
From: Stryder <stryder@mhv.net>
Subject: Re: contrabass-list V1 #113

> I've seen the Getzen in the Brasswind catalog, and have been wondering
> about it. Since I pretty much ignored brass until relatively recently
> (aside from my fling with bass trombone in HS/college), I'm still fairly
> ignorant of which makers are reputable. Are Getzens generally acceptable?

yes they are, just a normal type instrument line with student instruments, but also professional. not the taiwan import type. (they own edwards, of the 4000 possibilities for a trombone or trumpet fame)

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 19:26:16 -0500
From: Jim Lande <lande@erols.com>
Subject: Re: contrabass-list V1 #113

You know you are a contra-maniac if

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 10:17:16 PST
From: "Mats 0ljare" <oljare@hotmail.com>
Subject: Oxford companion to musical instruments

I recently ran across a copy of the"Oxford companion to musical instruments"and noticed two remarkable horns in it:The"tenora"on page 306,and the"zampogna"on 388-that´s the largest bagpipe i´ve ever seen!!!If anyone knows more about those horns,i´m desperate to know...

Also,in band scores,what´s really special about a"double-bell"euphonium??Is that a double-size bell,or does it have two bells?? Reminds me of that old valve-trombone prototype,with a separate bell for each valve...

Mats Öljare

Composer,baritone saxophonist etc.
http://www.angelfire.com/mo/oljare (now fixed!!!Listen to my music!!!)

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 19:06:02 -0800 (PST)
From: Philip Neuman <neuman@up.edu>
Subject: Re: contrabass-list V1 #113

Getzen instruments have been inconsistent in quality. I have a Getzen bass trumpet that is very bad, but a colleague has one that is quite good. The 4 valve fluegelhorn is in tune and sounds great; it was made about 1971.

I really enjoyed "Brassed Off". That trombone player needed a case, though.

Philip Neuman

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 11:07:00 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Contrabassoon for sale


Here's a recent post from the Doublereed list:

>Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 08:23:59 -0600 (CST)
>Reply-To: doublereed-l@bcc.wuacc.edu
>From: psumner <psumner@xtra.co.nz>
>Subject: Contra Bassoon for sale

>Sonora Contra for sale, 1984, to low A, three crooks 0, 1 & 2. Modified to fit
>substantially smaller padded wooden case with cover, about 750 x 600 x 100
>mm's. It's had mid-way airtight joints/tenons added, lathed in brass, just
>below the lead pipe water valve with minor but necessary keywork
>bridges/extensions. The bell joint has been rotated 90 degrees to the front so
>the instrument plays vertically, taking all the weight off the hands. The
>finger spread is close and very comfortable.

>The instrument has been a professional doubling instrument for past 14 years,
>although most use in the last 5 only. It's still is in very good condition and
> produces a robust even scale over 3 octaves. The orchestra is finally buying
>its own Fox contra so I don't need my instrument any more.

>Selling for NZ$9500 (depending on exchange, approx. US$5600) . Shipping and
>Insurance extra. Could send scanned photo(s), possibly even an audio tape if
>you are seriously interested.

>Philip Sumner
>Principal Bassoon
>Auckland Philharmonia
>New Zealand
>E-mail <psumner@xtra.co.nz>

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 12:05:59 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: dnmagic@juno.com (David A Neubauer)
Subject: Re: Silver cleaning

At 09:47 AM 2/11/98 -0800, you wrote:

>My contra just received an overhaul (by George Campbell here in Los
>Angeles), he did a great job, but had this cotton pad (like a big flat
>cotton ball - you could break off what you needed) that came imbedded
>with silver polish. Bad part, he doesn't know where he bought it, and
>did not know the name of the product. It worked GREAT, do you have any
>idea what this is and where i can get it? I've been to hardware stores,
>department stores, talked to Haggerty Silver Cleaners, etc. to no avail.
> Maybe you or someone on the list knows what it is?


Never heard of that, myself. I'll ask the list...


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