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Contrabass-list Fri, 7 Nov 1997 Volume 1 : Number 29
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Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 02:14:24 -0700
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (David A Neubauer)
Subject: re:Electric Contra
Ran into John Steinmetz at my brother's concert (he's the Violist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center). Told him folks were asking for his contact, we did not get a chance to talk long, but he said it would be okay to give his e-mail address:
Also, he was surprised to hear that he plays a juiced up contra, said he plays an amp'ed bassoon, but only tried it on the contra once. When my schedule clears up (working a magic convention this week/weekend) and various tours (up to Seattle again the 12-16, then the magic castle til the 23rd), we'll try to hook up, wants to see the monster I came up with the Porta-Amp people.
Have not heard from the guy in Amsterdam who also plays an electric bassoon. Oh well.
Hit a low one!
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 20:08:28 EST
From: CoolStu67 <CoolStu67@aol.com>
Subject: Beginning contrabassist
Okay, you might have remembered me saying earlier that I was going to get a contra-alto, but I change my mind often! :) (All I know is that I want a contra clarinet) So... now I'm going to get a contrabass because it is lower and since it is in Bb, I can read the the bass' part. What I'm looking for is any advice for a 5'9" beginning straight contrabassist. Is the mouthpiece height a problem? What will I need to do to reach the mouthpiece? I will be most thankful for any information you have for me!
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 15:47:01 -0800
From: Grant Green <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Beginning contrabassist
At 08:08 PM 11/6/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Okay, you might have remembered me saying earlier that I was going to get a
>contra-alto, but I change my mind often! :) (All I know is that I want a
>contra clarinet) So... now I'm going to get a contrabass because it is lower
>and since it is in Bb, I can read the the bass' part. What I'm looking for is
>any advice for a 5'9" beginning straight contrabassist. Is the mouthpiece
>height a problem? What will I need to do to reach the mouthpiece? I will be
>most thankful for any information you have for me!
It really depends on whether you get a curved or straight contra. The straight contra (descending to Eb) usually seems to require a stool or telephone book, or a standing player. With a curved horn there is no problem, as the bottom of the horn is about even with one's knees: just make sure the spike is long enough for you.
Anyone still have Eb contras for sale? Details?
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