Vol. 5, No. 42

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Contrabass list Thu, 9 Apr 1998 Volume 1 : Number 42

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Date: Wed, 08 Apr 1998 17:20:19 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Re: Concert notice

At 03:50 PM 4/8/98 -0700, you wrote:

>Hmmmm....tell me more about the SJWS! Wish I could attend. What's the

As far as I remember (and it varies from concert to concert...):

I think that's everyone.***

>At that same time we got 3 gold fiberglass Sousaphones (by Reynolds) and
>eventually 2 upright recording basses. Another school had purple
>sousas--YUKK!--these looked natural! Are fiberglass sousas still even being
>made? (Leblanc's colored Vitos are a bad idea and should be retired from

Yes, they still make fiberglass sousas....


Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 22:59:25 EDT
From: DGross1226 <DGross1226@aol.com>
Subject: SoCal Concert


As long as we're promoting good wind ensemble music, the Claremont Symphonic Winds' next concert is Sunday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m. in Garrison Theater on the Claremont Colleges campus, 10th and Dartmouth in Claremont. Our program:

Can't beat the price! Hope to see some of you there. I'll be the one with the red warning light on top of the contrabass clarinet.Don Gross
La Canada, California

Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 22:59:22 EDT
From: DGross1226 <DGross1226@aol.com>
Subject: Re: Strauss and the Pedal Clarinet

In a message dated 98-04-08 18:53:26 EDT, you write:

<< Our half of the program will probably include "Fest Musik Der Stadt Wien" by Strauss, >>


At a recent concert of the Claremont Symphonic Winds who's Website is:


I actually used the tenor sax part rather than doubling the bass clarinet part. It starts out with a ff written low F which is probably the most resonant note on my Leblanc BBb paperclip contrabass (to low C) clarinet. Not only did I manage to overload the sound recordist's input circuits and thoroughly distort the concert recording, the entire horn section (all 8 of them) whose chairs were on the same stage boards as the peg for my contra all commented that they could feel the note thru their butts. It also brought tears to the conductor's eyes who's a former tuba player. Now that's a pedal clarinet!!

Don Gross
La Canada, California

Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 07:38:58 -0500
From: bonedaddy@Connections.ultranet.com
Subject: RE: Bb Helicons

LI>The Woodwind and Brasswind is supposed to have some new ones made by
LI>Cerveny. It's not listed on their web site, but you can request a
LI>catalog at http://www.wwandbw.com

LI>Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 03:17:00 -0500
LI>From: bonedaddy@Connections.ultranet.com
LI>I believe there is a German company that still builds them.......

>>>>>>>>> It was Cerveny I was thinking of!

Thanks Daryl!
Cheers! Happy Hunting!

Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 09:31:51 EDT
From: Seebaugh <Seebaugh@aol.com>
Subject: Contrabass Sax

This may be old news, but the May 1998 issue of "Jazz Times" (on page 69) is reporting that L.A. Sax has introduced a "humongous" new contrabass saxophone.

Euphonium, South Shore Band, Staten Island, NY (please join us)
Brass Musical Instruments: http://members.aol.com/Seebaugh

Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 10:29:16 EDT
Subject: Re: Contrabass Sax

I played it at a saxophone convention. Its the same as Anthony Braxton's , built by Orsi and marketed by them(LA Sax) the price, list, is high 37,000 plus extras. Seems far too high for what the instrument can do.


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