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Contrabass-list Tue, 24 Feb 1998 Volume 1 : Number 121

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Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 12:31:14 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Re: slide saxophones, etc.

At 09:05 AM 2/18/98 PST, Mats wrote:

>There was a load of horns around back then-slide sax, soprano
>trombone, metal clarinets and the alto horns in all kinds of shapes and
>sizes. It's important to know that the Saxhorn is an entirely different
>instrument than the fluegel/tuba family, from soprano to bass; having
>valves that, when pressed, causes the air to take a SHORTER route through
>the horn, thus inverting the normal roles of brass instrument valves.

Actually, there are a couple of slide saxophones for sale at Music Treasures ( http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Music_Treasures/antiwood.htm ).

You can still get soprano and sopranino trombones: I think the WW&BW even lists a soprano trombone in their catalog. There are still metal clarinets (and alto clarinets) hanging around, although I don't think they're still manufactured (except, of course, for the metal contralto and contrabass). Alto horns (aka tenor horns) are still made: even Yamaha has a model or two.

The ascending valve is interesting. There are a few "professional model" French horns that have an ascending third valve: essentially, the valve is backwards, so that the loop is "in circuit" when the valve is up, and the loop is bypassed when the valve is pressed. I don't think I understand what the advantage is, though...

>Among some instrument catalogs i found a oboe folder from the
>Strasser-Marigaux, featuring a Musette. This seems to be a small
>oboe, tuned higher than the oboe but identical in every other
>aspect(there were a picture of it).I've never seen one before, so i would
>like to know the history of it and if there's any repertoire.

The oboe musette is usually pitched in Eb, although I think some models have been made in F (like the piccolo Heckelphone). My impression is that they're somewhat rare, but gaining in popularity. Perhaps someone else can fill in on history and repertoire?


Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 12:32:20 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Email...


Just a quick note: my email is migrating from one server to another right now, and I'm not receiving anything addressed to "gdgreen@contrabass.com." If you'd like to get hold of me right now, the best addresses to use are gdgreen@crl.com, or green@fr.com.


NOTE: the mail problems have been fixed

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