Vol. 5, No. 10

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Contrabass list Sun, 8 Mar 1998 Volume 1 : Number 10

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Date: Sat, 07 Mar 1998 20:13:56 -0800
From: STARTS FRIDAY <startsfriday@earthlink.net>
Subject: Kotato Contrabass flute

Hi ,

I am looking for a source in Japan for the Kotato contrabass flute in C. I tried calling the Kotato factory for info but that did not go too well. If any list members happen to know of a flute dealer in Japan who sells Kotato & Fukishima instruments I would be very grateful for some info. I am planning a trip to Japan and could use any helpful info that any list members may have about buying instruments there.

Additionally,if anyone knows of one of these instruments (new or used) for sale (other than the importer) in the U.S. or Canada I am interested in that also. Please private me at startsfriday@earthlink.net.



Date: Sat, 07 Mar 1998 23:58:16 -0500
From: Jim Lande <lande@erols.com>
Subject: Re: list V1 #9

RE metal b flat clarinets:

Thank you Steve for a lot of interesting info on metal clarinets. I have recently rebuilt three metal clarinets and Steve left out: stripping if there is some lacquer, polishing, and then lacquering. This added a couple hours of work to my last rebuild.

B flat metal clarinets are slightly more collectible today than they were a few years ago because some interior designer bought up scads of them (for $20 each, according to someone or other) to use as decorations in restaurants, etc. That said, there is usually between 1 and 5 being auctioned on eBay and the prices tend to run between $50 and $150, sometimes having to do with condition, intact case or some biographical note on the person who used the horn back in the 1940s.



I am very hopeful that Steve is right about ones made by Selmer and Buffet. I am spending about $300 for a buffet metal clarinet. If it doesn't play any better than my Revere, American Gloritone, or American Standard, then I will have overpaid by about $250.

Now, why are we discussing these things on the contra list? 1) I might get enough experience working on these cheap junkers to brave a repair on my contra clarinets, 2) opportunity to ask if anyone knows whether anyone made a metal alto or base clarinet. I know about the e flat alto listed by Music Treasures -- they can't seem to answer any questions about the instrument so i am not convinced that it is really an alto clarinet.


Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 01:21:37 -0800
From: Delmatto <massageglass@hocking.net>
Subject: Re: metal clarinets

I can't say that I know the history of metal clarinets but I read that Lester Young played one till it was stolen & he didn't play any clarinet after that. I found a brass laquered one (they're usually silver plated) in a pawn shop & got it for $65.00 Overhaul was $150.00 & it plays fine. It's a Cleveland (King student model) but I prefer it over the wooden ones I have. I'm a sax man using clarinet as a double for old big band arrangements & it works for that. Nick Delmatto

Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 06:04:05 -0900
From: Timothy Johnson <tjohnson@mailhost.akcache.com>
Subject: Re: metal clarinets

I'm not very satisfied with the new approach to Contra-L: I get a lot of e-mail, keeping track of it is difficult with varying subjects, I really preferred the previous approach of having Contra-L as the subject, AND getting 3 or 4 of these a day is a bit like spam.

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Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 06:10:06 -0900
From: Timothy Johnson <tjohnson@mailhost.akcache.com>
Subject: Re: Eb Contrabass Clairnet

Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 18:16:12 GMT
From: gdgreen@crl.com (Grant Green)
Subject: (fwd) Top 10 Reasons a Contrabass Sax is Better than a Sports Car

Saw this in the news, couldn't resist....

On Sat, 07 Mar 1998 23:26:35 GMT, in alt.music.saxophone aharman@one.nowayjose.net (Andy Harman) wrote:

>10) Better gas mileage
>9) Cheaper insurance
>8) Doesn't rust
>7) Low Bb is in tune
>6) People don't try to steal it from the airport parking lot
>5) Less $$ to overhaul
>4) No harmful exhaust gasses
>3) No annual registration
>2) Only takes a buck to fix leaks

>and the number one reason a contrabass sax is better than a sports car:

>1) No license needed to play one!



>Visit the Prototype Modelers Group Web Page at http://w3.one.net/~aharman/index.html
>Sorry I must resort to anti-spam practice, reply to aharman at one (spelled out) dot net

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