Vol. 5, No. 27

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Contrabass list Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Volume 1 : Number 27

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Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 14:49:17 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: More French details


I've updated the FrenchMart page with the latest: a series of detail images showing the basset horn, an Adolphe Sax alto sax, and Mr. Smiga's restoration of the natural horn. The alto sax is interesting: the details show that it has a range to low B, with no high E or F keys. It looks like there are two octave keys, and the G# is not articulated.



Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 20:27:27 -0800
From: Frank Diaz <mrmusic@sj.bigger.net>
Subject: Re: list V1 #26

contrabass wrote:

> LI>So I visited Sandy's booths at the Antique Trove in San Carlos, CA today,
> LI>and she has an Eb contrabass sarusaphone for sale. I will be going back
> LI>this coming weekend with details. I did not get a good look at it because
> LI>it was closing time. Will post more details as I get them.
> My band director talked to Sandy about the sarrusophone last week. It's
> a Buffet going for over $5000 if I remember correctly. I think a bit
> of pink rot was discussed, but I may be confused by a discussion of a
> UMI Flugabone she had with a bit of pink rot, due to a higher zinc
> content being used in UMI horns since they bought the Conn & King names.
> Didn't someone already post on this horn?

I spoke with Sandy at the Treasure Trove in San Carlos last week. The Sarrusophone is an Eb Contrabass Buffet-Crampon, bare brass and the price is $8,500.00. She said that unless you are SERIOUS about buying it, she can't let you play it for fear of it being damaged. I met Sandy a couple of times back when I was doing woodwind repair full time. She's a good source for all things collectable. However, you're not going to find any bargins here. She researches the values of horns. She told me that one of the big auction houses (Christie's I think) sells Eb contrabasses up to $18,000.00 ! Chump change ! She also told me that since Conn's are newer, they sell for less.

Frank Diaz

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