Vol. 4, No. 41

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Contrabass-list Fri, 21 Nov 1997 Volume 1 : Number 41

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Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 16:23:56 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Re: contra-divisi

At 02:24 PM 11/20/97 -0600, you wrote:

>Grant:I played in a band at the University of Illinois under Mark Hindsley in the
>late 60s. He was a master of transcribing orchestral works and used a lot of low
>woodwinds to provide the tonal colors of the cellos and string basses. If I
>remember correctly, there were two BBb contrabasses (paperclips), two contra-altos
>and four Bb bass clarinets, in addition to the four bassoons (one on CBassoon as
>needed) and typical sax section. There were also six tubas. When he wanted LOW, it
>was there!

>Unfortunately, although the band museum displays a contrabass sax, it is
>unplayable and probably nearly beyond repair....


Now that sounds great! What size was the total band? It must have been huge, to support (or be supported by) six tubas.

My HS band (back in KC) was probably the largest band I ever played in (about 75). It had 4-6 tubas and 4 bassoons (including me), but only one contrabass clarinet. No contraltos. We did, however, have two baris during marching season (can't march with a bassoon).


Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 01:01:18 -0800
From: Delmatto <massageglass@hocking.net>
Subject: Re:paul cohen's vintage sax's CD

this is mostly for paul cohen but any feedback would be good. his new CD about the sax family is very informative for the sax afficienado concluding with the henry cowell piece for soprano and contra bass sax. he plays various sax's with mouthpieces made in the '20's and gets a good sound out of them, including a C-soprano that i have. i've never bonded with a '20's mouthpiece because they seem to have no "center" or a fishy intonation. Paul, how do you do it? I think this would make a good article for a future Sax Journal regarding playing old mpc's

nick delmatto

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 09:57:44 -0600 (CST)
From: sean ryan gumin <gumin@students.uiuc.edu>
Subject: theremin

I remember seeing videos of the theremin in music history in college but I've never seen one in real life. I hear there are books that show how to make them yourself. Does anyone out there know where I can find one of these books and any pertinent information? I'd love to make a theremin just for kicks.

Sean Ryan Gumin

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 15:19:37, -0500
From: KUUP84A@prodigy.com (MR MARK A TRINKO)
Subject: Contra-fest

Just in case any late comers have joined us recently.

Las Vegas
Jan 5-8, 1998

contra-bassoons mostly, but other contra-instruments welcome

Lodging $35/night based on double

masterclass, lecture, recital, public performance, Grand Finale Concert. Come and jam with all the other contra players in the world. Last year had contras from 4 continents. Both professional & student.

This year again we have international attendance.

If you need registration packet, send me your regular address.

Mark Trinko

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 13:02:03 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: "Jack Silver (contra sub)" <jsilver@cpcug.org>
Cc: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Sarrusophone articles


Thanks for the sarrusophone articles! I received them a few days ago, and just now had a chance to look at them. Its interesting to see how different instruments of the same voice were. Looking at the two altos, they almost appear to be completely different horns (like maybe alto and mezzosoprano - not that there was a mezzosoprano sarrusophone). The one on the right looks like the one that Lyn Marcus had. If you look carefully at the bottom of the instrument, you can just barely tell that the bottom loop is a dummy: the actual bore of the horn curves just under the RH4 keys. You can see one of the pads just below the RH4 keys that is on the "real" bore. Apparently, this maker decided to continue the line of the instrument downward with a dummy pipe, perhaps to make it easier to hold (so you could rest the bottom of the horn on the seat of your chair, and still reach the RH keys without your thigh being in the way). Also interesting to see how different the two Bb basses were, although both look more like Eb contras to me.

Thanks again!


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