Vol. 5, No. 14

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Contrabass list Thu, 12 Mar 1998 Volume 1 : Number 14

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 23:12:55 -0500
From: ROBERT HOWE <arehow@vgernet.net>
Subject: Re: register vents

Grant wrote, regarding the bass clarinet vents:

*Sometimes* there are two vents, but they're operated by separate keys. These are found pretty much only on older instruments (like my first contra). If you're looking at an older bass clarinet, it would be a goodidea to ask if the instrument actually has two separate keys or one "automatic" register key. Oboes typically have two register keys, and sometimes three (the third being for altissimo), although some European makes use a single fully-automatic register key.

Of course, sarrusophones have essentially three register keys (one for D and D#, a second for E to G and the altissimo above d, and a third for G# to D).

My response: Actually, the double touchpiece can be an advantage, using the "wrong" hole can facilitate certain high notes. Jazzer Mike Marcus plays on an old double touch bass by Buffet, and Lynneia Nereim has used one regularly in the Cleveland Orchestra. Bassoons have what, 10 thumb keys, so why complain about two?

Re: maximum number of vent keys, the Vienna oboe beats the Sarrusophone, having 5: a half hole for c#'-d#, a key for d' only, a key for e'-g#', another for a'-e'', and another for f'' and f#''. Makes you understand why the French oboe is more used.

Robert Howe

Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 14:36:24 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Sarrusophone FS!


An Eb contrabass sarrusophone was spotted for sale in the San Francisco bay area. John Hensley found it at The Antique Trove in San Carlos. It is reportedly playable, and complete with bocal and reed. I don't know what brand (but my guess would be Conn), or if it has a case. No price was mentioned - its probably negotiable.

Interested? Contact:

Sandy Craig (The Antique Trove)
1119 Industrial Way
San Carlos, CA



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