Vol. 5, No. 23

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Contrabass list Sat, 21 Mar 1998 Volume 1 : Number 23

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 15:23:11 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: French followup...

I meant to add (before sending) that the email address to contact if you're interested in any of the horns is cjsax@club-internet.fr. The ophicleide, cimbasso, and serpent actually look pretty interesting, although current finances probably rule out my acquisition of any of these right now. :-(


Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 20:07:54 -0500
From: "Emerald1" <emerald1@megsinet.net>
Subject: OctoContraBass Sax??

>Among the
>clippings that are taped to the wall are a pair of photos of the Conn
>Subcontrabass Sax in front of Conn's showroom (I think in NYC). In
>one photo, it stands tall, reaching the middle of the store's marquis
>and in the other, it is lying prone on a flatbed truck. Really huge!

This was one response to my posting about the Sub Contrabass Sax. I believe what is being referred to here is the OctoContrabass, though I could be mistaken. It was NOT a real working instrument; at least no human could ever play it! It was just a promo piece, as Grant pointed out. The Sub Contrabass Sax was a much, MUCH, smaller instrument that truly worked. Currently, I am scrounging up my info; I'm going to the library probably tommorow to get the full list names of two of my sources. I swear to you guys; they exist!!!

Tristan Carpenter

Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 01:54:26 -0500
From: bonedaddy@Connections.ultranet.com
Subject: Re: Conn Subcontrabass Sax

I took another peek at the photos of the SubCBSax again today while dropping off a couple of alto cases my neighbor placed curbside.(!) The monster in question is 36 feet tall and weighs 600 pounds! I do NOT want to meet up with the guy who is able to play this thing, if indeed there are still those kind of dinosaur-men surviving! If I really HAD to play it, I'd need to build a bracing to steady it and a wind chest from a pipe organ to blow it while I applied pressure to the reed (perhaps fashioned out of a pine roofing shingle) with my butt (is this called bum-bouchure?) while using a brace of levers, ropes and pulleys to play the keys. The more I think about it, the more it seems I'd need a vibration-resistant athletic supporter while sitting on the reed, just to stay calm! Perhaps rubber shorts also and a backpack full of water to keep the reed moist!

Are there any cartoonists out there who might be Rube Goldberg fans? THERE'S your sketch!


PS....Also noticed a picture of a straight alto sax today!

Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 09:03:24 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@crl.com>
Subject: More from France

A whole series of JPGs showing the ophicleide was attached. I'll upload them to the contra-archive directory also. Again, the URL will be http://www.contrabass.com/contra-archive/<file.jpg>:


>> At 02:39 AM 3/20/98 +0100, you wrote:

>> >SMIGA Michel


>> >T/Fax: 02 32 55 26 95.

>> >

>> >Artisan luthier vents anciens

>> >Early wind instruments repairer

>> > Madame, Monsieur,

>> > Connaitriez vous peut etre des personnes, musiciens, collectionneurs,

>> > qui cherchent ces pieces de mus=E9e, que mes clients ont actuellement a

>> vendre?

>> > Dans l'attente de vous lire, meilleures salutations. SM.

>> >

>> Dear Mr. Smiga;

>> Thank you for the instrument images. I am particularly interested in the

>> ophicleide (ophic.jpg), the cimbasso (trbpist.jpg), and the serpent

>> (serpdroit.jpg). Would you please send information regarding the maker,

>> the age, the condition, and the price of each instrument?

>> Thanks,

>> Grant Green


>hello Grant,

>unhapilly trb and snake was sell, but again ophicleide charles joseph
>Sax from 1835, estimated by prestigious auction sothebys (i can send you
>photocopies of estimation) to sell : 20000F

>in waiting for your answer, bw , Michel.

>ps: probably other clients sell other snake in 6 months, but i dont see

>now. i write you about it.

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