Vol. 1, No. 63

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Vol. 1, No. 63

9 December 1996

EDITOR'S NOTE: Let's welcome new subscriber Christopher Hudson.

Author: Paul Lindemeyer
Date: 12/8/96 10:12 PM
Subject: Re: Contrabass-L No. 61

> ***************************
> Author: Reedsmike
> Date: 11/25/96 6:07 PM
> Subject: bass saxophone
> Does anyone know anything about old Holert bass saxophones. I saw one in the
> corner of a music store that is for sale. It's dated Dec. 1914 and does not
> come with a case nor a mouthpiece. The asking price is $2000, but that seems
> a little high to me. Any thoughts??
> -Mike Mori
> Turlock, CA
> *****************************
> Can't say I recognize the brand, but $2K sounds cheap if the horn is
> any good. With saxes that old, you need to be careful about the
> pitch is was built to tune to (e.g., does it play A at 440, or 450,
> or 435, etc.) - many of the old ones are tuned sharp. I think.
> Many of the bass saxes by Buescher, et al., seem to go for around $4K
> these days.
> Anyone else recognize the make? Helpful comments?
"Holert" sounds like "Kohlert", a German make. Then again, it could be a "Holton"!

1914 is a patent date, probably not a manufacture date (a lot of your U.S. sax makers had 1914 patent dates -- don't know about other countries).


Paul Lindemeyer
At your local bookseller from William Morrow & Co.

Author: Christopher Hudson
Date: 12/8/96 10:08 PM

My E-mail id "hudson_c@alph.swosu.edu".

Author: Grant Green
Date: 12/8/96 10:10 PM
TO: Christopher Hudson

At 11:54 PM 12/7/96 -0600, you wrote:

>My E-mail id "hudson_c@alph.swosu.edu".
Welcome aboard!

Please feel free to post an introduction: what you play (if anything), your particular interests, background, etc. Not required, of course, but appreciated.

Next digest will probably be Monday or Tuesday, depending on the number of posts (and my work schedule).

Again, welcome!


Author: Philip Neuman
Date: 12/7/96 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: Contrabass-L No. 62


I assume that a contrabass baroque rackett would have to have a body at least 15" tall and 8" in diameter. Big for a rackett, but pretty small for a contrabassoon!

Yes, on "The One Horse Open Sleigh" cd, William Sandys' version of "The First Nowell" (1833) is performed on 2 ophicleides.

Philip Neuman

The continuing bass sax inquiry:

Author:  (Joe Sax)
Date: 12/6/96 9:05 PM
Subject: Re[2]: FS Selmers and other Saxes

> A quick question or two...
> Keywork Bb to high F?
> Built to A=440?
> Thanks,
> Grant
Hi Grant,

Bueschers were Low Pitch, 440. Keyed to Hi D#.

Joe Sax

Author: Stryder
Date: 12/6/96 6:44 PM
Subject: Re: Contrabass-L No. 62

> To put a video clip on the web, you'd need to convert it to an AVI or MOV
> file. To do *that*, I think you need a video capture board (which lets you
> plug a VCR into your computer and transfer data back and forth). I don't
> have one, and am not likely to get one any time soon (unless the price
> suddenly plummets to less than $200), but I *do* have a friend in Seattle
> who does video production. He might be prevailed upon to do a small
> transfer. And of course, we'll want to get permission from whoever owns the
> rights to the clip (probably the ad agency?).

you can get a "snappy video snapshot" thing, it's around $200, little blue thing, goes on your printer port. does the video capture thing, in case you want a video thing for under or around $200.

you can get it from most computer catalogs and things.


Thanks, Alan. Sounds like its time for a trip to Egghead...

Someone asked if we had a FAQ for the list. We didn't, so I've drafted one. I'll send it out to the list for comment right after this digest. Please feel free to offer comments, corrections, suggestions, etc. before I post it on the web page.



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