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Contrabass-list Mon, 27 Oct 1997 Volume 1 : Number 17

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Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 10:50:06 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: FWD: from klarinet digest

I'm reposting the following message from the Klarinet digest, which may be of some interest....

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 15:24:21 -0700
From: Håkan Lundberg <hakan@slip.net>
Subject: New keys and sub-contra-bass

I am experimenting with a new type of "key-design" and have to ask if there is anybody who is interested. It will take a couple of years before it is fully constructed, and then I intend to patent the idea. It will be a totaly new whay of mechanism. The fingering can remain the same if one would like to, but one could by this mechanism apply what ever fingering system there is to musical instruments. If you play the flute but would like to switch to clarinet one could with this mechanism easily do this and apply the flute fingerings to the clarinet.

Everything that is possible w. todays mechanisms and much more will be possible - always easy trills etc. The main "problem" is the esthetical apperance of this system, but I have to work that out later. This idea would work best with bass-woodwinds.

I also have a wild idea about starting to make octo-contra-bass-clarinets (it's on the drawingboard) of wood - S shaped design. I am at least going to make one for myself (but it will of course take a couple of years to finish. I guess I could start and make more if there would be an interest. I would guess an instrument in Rosewood, Imbuya, Cherry, or Maple and silver would be about $35000-$40000 and up and take 3-5 year to make (If I don't get a lot of response of people who would like to have sub-contras - then I could for sure do it full time). I have to say that this instrument will only have a range to low E or Eb - lower notes will not be possibly to hear Eb being 19.445Hz and E 20.602Hz (if tuned A 440Hz). There is in fact music written for this instrument, and deep organ music could be played with a more "alive"

Håkan Lundberg

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