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Vol. 1, No. 55

12 November 1996

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, still online! Let's all welcome new subscribers B.J. Adrezin < LowChakra@aol.com >, Ben Collis
< gutoski@bizniz-web.com >, and Chip Owen < cowen@centralnet.net >.

Date: Mon, 4 Nov 1996 22:06:02 -0500
From: LowChakra@aol.com

Hello. I was so excited to find your website. Low register instruments are my passion and love. Thank you so much for creating the site.

My E-mail address is: lowchakra@aol.com

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon, and possibly getting involved in your efforts.

Yours in resonance,
B.J. Adrezin

Author: gdgreen@crl.com (Grant Green) at SMTP
Date: 11/5/96 9:55 AM
TO: LowChakra@aol.com at SMTP

> Hello. I was so excited to find your website. Low register instruments
>are my passion and love. Thank you so much for creating the site.
> My E-mail address is: lowchakra@aol.com
> I am looking forward to hearing from you soon, and possibly getting
>involved in your efforts.
> Yours in resonance,
> B.J. Adrezin
> (718)258-4869

Glad you enjoyed it! I've added your name to the subscription list. You'll probably receive a digest sometime this week, depending on my schedule.

BTW, new subscribers are encouraged to post an introduction describing their background and the particular form of their mania (e.g., contrabassoon, contrabass clarinet, contrabass trombone, etc.). Not required, of course, but encouraged.

Welcome aboard!


Date: Thu, 07 Mar 1996 11:47:08 -0600
From: Ben Collis <gutoski@bizniz-web.com>
Subject: subscribe contrabass

Date: Wed, 6 Nov 1996 22:56:55 -0500
From: DGross1226@aol.com
Subject: Re: BBb contrabass clarinet

Dear Grant,

I just took delivery on a straight metal Leblanc contrabass horn fully restored by Charles Fail Music. Sound familiar? Russell called me about a month and a half ago and said that they'd picked one up from an odd lot of STUFF from a local high school in Atlanta. They certainly do good work, don't they.

Because the original Leblanc mouthpiece was missing, Russell sent the only mouthpiece he had -- a VITO contrabass mp. It's considerably different from the stock Leblanc which I'd gotten used to in that the lay is much longer, a whole lot "beakier", but much easier to play than the original for me, anyway. My contra alto reeds fit it nicely as do my contrabass reeds.

I understand that RICO is making a "one size fits all" contra Eb/Bb reed. Seems to make sense based on that VITO mouthpiece size. Any thoughts? Any suggestions about other contra mp's?

Thanks in advance,
Don Gross
La Canada, CA

Author: KUUP84A@prodigy.com (MR MARK A TRINKO)
Date: 11/11/96 10:27 AM
Subject: Contra-bassoon Festival

Several of you have indicated verbally an interest in attending but I have not yet received your registration check. Please ssend it now as this is November!

Also - the Continental Hotel/Casino has block of rooms for you at $50/night instead of the usual $125. Just let the reservationist know you are in the group called either: "contra-bassoon festival" "Lions Club......"

I have been giving some thought about adding all contra-instruments to this festival starting next year. The amount of you that have subscribed to this list actually makes me think us contra-bassoonists are not alone in the world. I prefer to leave the dates between Christmas and New Years as this is a good time for University students not being in school. I would like feedback from all of you via the contra-L list please. In fact, I would like to invite any of you who want to come this year. I am sure all these contra-bassoonists would appreciate hearing a solo or two from your instrument!

Lastly, Grant - The header on the Contra-L is not legible on my computer. I assume that is because my width and your width are different. I wonder if anyone else has the same problem. I would like to suggest changing to header to something smaller.

Mark Trinko
Las Vegas

Sorry about that Mark. It's supposed to fit on the average screen, but only lines up right if you use a fixed-width format (e.g., Courrier). I've been thinking about streamlining the header for a bit, and now have actual motivation to do so. I'm open to suggestions....

Author: Grant Green <gdgreen@crl.com> at SMTP
Date: 11/11/96 8:04 AM
TO: cowen@centralnet.net at SMTP

At 04:44 PM 11/10/96 -0500, you wrote:

>This has got to be just my kind of subject matter. I'm in charge of
>contrabassoon production at Fox Products. I have been involved in the
>making of every Fox contra since no. 1. I'll look forward to being part
>of your list.
>Chip Owen
>Columbia City, IN

I have to agree!

Welcome aboard. I'll probably send out the next digest Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on work schedule.


Afraid all I have to add today is a sarrusophone anecdote. I pulled out the Eb contra at the last jazz band gig for two pieces: a Sammy Nestico arrangement of "I've been working on the railroad", and a big band arrangement of "The Happy Trumpet". Both are a bit on the "hokey" side, half tongue-in-cheek, so the sarrusophone fits right in.

In the first, the bari sax part doubles the bass guitar at the octave: the bass player was quite surprised to hear the part doubled in unison. The 2nd tenor player leaned over after the piece and asked "Is that as much as that thing projects?" The sound apparently went right over her head, as the bass and lead tenor players (who sit at the opposite end of the band) came over afterwards and remarked on how loud the horn was.

The second piece is essentially a trumpet feature (surprise, surprise), but gives what is in essence a solo tuba line to the bari sax. The sarrusophone fit right in, easily heard.

I think I spent half the night explaining what it was.


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