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Contrabass-list Fri, 26 Dec 1997 Volume 1 : Number 74

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Date: Fri, 26 Dec 1997 10:30:24, -0500
From: KUUP84A@prodigy.com (MR MARK A TRINKO)
Subject: Contra-bassoon statistics

Based on 24 replies, below are the assumptions I have made about contrabassoons in the world. Most of them are from professionals:

Many Fox

2 Adler

2 Mollenhaur

2 Heckel

2 Moosman

Heckels last forever, even that one mnade in 1919 with cracks but still plays beautiful

Adlers last 10 years

2 of the 14 are straight. Rest are normal or opera shape.

All have the same range. (Except steinmetz - his roams mostly in the southwest USA :)

I am amazed that most are from 1983 or earlier. Only a few from the 1990's. Do we need a program to help budding contra players to purchase new instruments? :)

One question I wished I would have asked, but forgot. What is the "look" of your instrument. I wonder if contra-bassoonists only care about the sound of their instrument, or if they care about the shinyness of their instrument?

I think we shall discuss this at the contra-festival in 2 weeks in Las Vegas.

By the way, I am very excited about the attendance this year. Contra-players are kind of like any other group. They do not register many months in advance. I have had more inquiries this week than all the previous year. The Paid registrants so far include: Argentina, El Salvador (2), France, Spain, Hong Kong, Tokyo, USA.

I wonder how we will all communicate. Last year was bad enough with just a Spanish problem. If any of you can not make the whole festival, at least try to make the Jan 8 Grand Finale Concert from 3-5 pm at the MGM Grand Casino Theater.


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