Vol. 4, No. 115


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Contrabass-list Thu, 12 Feb 1998 Volume 1 : Number 115

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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 20:32:41 -0500
From: daryl.fletcher@juno.com (Daryl Fletcher)
Subject: Re: contrabass-list V1 #114

On Wed, 11 Feb 1998 15:31:52 +0000 Mats Öljare said:

>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...

It's just like the name says, a euphonium with two bells. I met a lady at the recent TubaChristmas in Atlanta who had one from the late 1800's. It seems that they stopped making them some time around the first part of the century, so they are extremely rare. I think Sousa's band usually had a few.

It's a regular euphonium, except that when you press the extra valve, the sound comes out through a smaller, more cylindrical bell instead of the larger more conical euphonium type bell. The smaller bell is on the other side of the euphonium from the larger bell.

The purpose is to get two different tone colors. A friend of mine who plays euphonium in my community band pointed out to me in one of his parts the words "trombone bell". That's the first time I'd ever seen a part that actually specified using the smaller bell. His theory is that around the turn of the century when brass bands were really popular in the United States, composers started writing more and more complicated parts. Apparently most trombone players at the time didn't have the slide technique to keep up with fast runs, although this wouldn't generally be the case now. So he says that when a composer wanted a trombone-like sound, and wanted it played fast, it would be given to the euphoniums with an indication to use the small bell.

They certainly are nice instruments, and I would love to have one for myself.


Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 10:53:48 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Contra for Sale (errata)

Here's a followup post to the "contra for sale" yesterday....

>Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 01:16:16 -0600 (CST)
>From: psumner <psumner@xtra.co.nz>
>Subject: Contra for sale (errata)

>Hello to all

>The for-sale Sonora Contrabassoon details I posted yesterday contained only a
>guess of the size of its smaller case, constructed to house a more rationally
>break-down-able instrument. I really should have waited until I drove into
>rehearsals today to confirm the dimensions. Anyway, the case is actually a
>little longer but narrower: 940 x 440 x 145 mm's and nearly 17 Kg in weight
>(incl. instrument).

>It is available for NZ$9500 (approx. US$5600). More details available on

>Philip Sumner



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