Vol. 1, No. 80


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28 January 1997

EDITOR'S NOTE: Let's rumble a welcome for James E. O'Briant < jobriant@garlic.com > and Robert Keefe < rkeefe@emeraldcoast.com >.

Author: joe.havens@bell-labs.com
Date: 1/23/97 9:14 AM
Subject: Re: Kotato & Fukushima

At 10:52 AM 1/22/97, Grant Green wrote:

>Sure, one of those double-contrabasses ;-)

Two scoops coming up... Let's see, if they charge by the foot, that'd come to about 24k$. Will that be cash or charge?

I'll check on the CD's but I'm not sure what to expect from this place.


email: joe.havens@bell-labs.com

Author: JimKatz@JohnAbbott.qc.ca (Jim Katz)
Date: 1/23/97 9:13 AM
Subject: Re: Contrabass-L No. 79

Who says these bass things be of the devil? For Christmas I received a delightful little German wooden ornament of an angel playing a bassoon.

I guess contrabass harps are too heavy for those clouds.

                                  ^   ^
@ @
== v ==


Jim Katz
292 Senneville Road, RR1
Senneville, Quebec
Canada, H9X 3L2

To: Larry Cohen <100343.1204@compuserve.com>
From: gdgreen@contrabass.com (Grant Green)
Subject: Re: In favor of digest

>I find the digest form easy to use and trash free. I have had to drop most
>of the lists I was on because of the volume of messages, mostly junk, that
>I had to pay good money to download via international circuits.
>But, my opinion aside, you are doing the work and minimizing your workload
>is important, so do what you have to do.

The digest format will continue, whether or not other subscribers opt for the non-digest format. Eventually, we should be able to automate the digest process without exposing ourselves to spam (or at least, while minimizing the exposure).

>I very much enjoy this list and hope to contibute more then I have been
>able to in the past. I feel somewhat guilty being on this list because the
>only instrument I have with me here in Saudi Arabia is an alto clarinet.
>The bass and contra-alto clarinets had to stay behind in London.

You're welcome to subscribe even if you don't play an instrument. After all, I went for quite a while having only bassoon as my lowest horn ;-)

>Thanks again for your great work.
> Larry

Thanks! And thanks for contributing: after all, it isn't much of a list if nobody says anything.


Author: ASTA FH Hannover <asta@nwfs1.rz.fh-hannover.de>
Date: 1/27/97 12:02 PM
Subject: contrasubass-cornamusa


you can hear a contrasubbass-cornamusa (together with higher pitched instruments in ensemble) on the following Audio-CD: Loeffelstielzchen: "Nu lasz uns feyern, pilgern, tanzen" contact:

MGB, Weissendorfer Strasse 48, D-75015 Bretten, Germany or
Bernhard Wendel, Pforzheimer Strasse 35, D-75438 Knittlingen, Germany

contrasubbass-cornamusa: a woodwind instrument with a double-reed and cylindrical bore, 8 fingerholes and a range of 9 notes (contra-C, contra-D cromatic up to D). The cornamusa sounds quiter than a crumhorn, because the end is covered and only some small holes let the sound (and the air) out. The instrumnet is not curved like a crumhorn. (no liability assumed)

The contrasubbass-cornamusa sounds similar the Sordun 16' Register in renaissance pipeorgans.

Sincerely yours


Author: "Grant D. Green" <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Date: 1/27/97 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: contrasubass-cornamusa

Thanks for the information! I'll look this up.

It must be an unwieldy instrument to play: a straight 8-foot bore. I hope it at least has a few keys, to make the finger reach possible for humans.


Author: Francis Firth <Francis.Firth@uce.ac.uk>
Date: 1/27/97 10:53 AM
Subject: Kotato & Fukushima

Joe Havens wrote that he wasd going to visit Kotato & Fukushima last saturday.

Unfortunately I didn't have time to write before then.

Joe, did they have any new CDs, especially featuring their contrabass or double contrabass flutes?

Did you have a chance to see or play the above instruments?

What were they like?


Author: school@epix.net
Date: 1/26/97 9:36 AM
Subject: Re: Contrabass-L No. 79


Just returned from PA District 12 Band (highlight: Carmina Burana) - 2 contraltos, myself included, and one breathtaking Bb contrabass that looked like it had been carved out of mahogany (sp?). Anyway, I just waded through the digests from the last week, and read about the sopranino sax. I really don't know anything about this instrument, but isn't that one on the picture of the subcontra sax?

-Chris Chappell

Author: Robert Keefe <rkeefe@emeraldcoast.com>
Date: 1/24/97 4:50 PM

Hi guys!

I play sax on a "skilled amateur" basis. My intrest in the lower end of the clef started when I picked up bass sax for a couple a concerts years ago. I've doubled on bassoon and played with a contrabassoon a bit.

I'm a diving officer in the Navy to pay the bills...

Author: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com> at SMTP
Date: 1/24/97 6:42 AM

At 02:37 AM 1/24/97 -0500, you wrote:


Welcome aboard!

Next digest will probably come out early-mid next week. In the meantime, please feel free to post an introduction (e.g., interests, background, instruments, etc.): not required, but appreciated.


Author: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com> at SMTP
Date: 1/24/97 6:41 AM
Subject: Re: Information Request

At 10:33 PM 1/23/97 -0800, you wrote:

>Could you please forward any available information about the Mail List
>Contrabass-L. I may be interested in subscribing (I'm a tubist,
>conductor and music publisher).

>Thank you,

>James E. O'Briant
>Gilroy, CA


Contrabass-L is a relatively small list (between 70-80 subscribers) in which the discussion is centered on the larger instruments, particularly bass and contrabass wind instruments (both woodwinds and brass, ocassionally others). We trade information about instruments, including the existence and characteristics of rarities, recordings, concerts, images, etc. Instruments we've discussed include octocontrabass clarinets, subcontrabass tuba, contrabass trombone, ophecleides, racketts, subcontrabass flutes, and the occasional organ pipe, amongst others.

Members of the list include a number of contrabassoonists, bass flutists, tuba and/or trombonists, composers, music librarians, and fans, both pro and non. Currently, the list operates only as a digest (posts are sent to me, and I cut/paste them into a digest, and email it to the subscribers) one or more times per week. We're in the process of having actual mailing list software set up so that the list can also function in non-digest mode (where everyone who wants to can receive individual posts automatically): at that point, both modes will be available, at the subscriber's choice.

Back issues are archived at http://www.crl.com/~gdgreen/c-arch1.html and http://www.contrabass.com/c-arch1.html , so you can see what the typical digest looks like.

If you'd like to subscribe, just let me know and I'll add your address to the list.


Author: angelaj4@juno.com (Angela J Combs)
Date: 1/23/97 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: Contrabass-L No. 75 (pt. 1)

Hi to Grant!

I just wanted to let you know that I am the new subscriber at angelaj4@juno.com, but, Karen is my mom's name. My name is Angela Combs and I am the one subscribing.

Does anyone know anything about an octobass flute? I'm not looking to buy one but I don't know much about them and I would like to learn.

Thanks all! Angela :)

Author: "James E. O'Briant" <jobriant@garlic.com>
Date: 1/26/97 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: Information Request

Grant Green wrote:

> Welcome aboard! The next digest will probably go out on
> Tuesday ...

Thank you! I'll be watching for it!

> ...(due to schedule conflicts with work). ...

Isn't it a shame the way our jobs keep getting in the way of the really important stuff?

> Please let me know if you don't receive one by late Wednesday.

I will.

Again, thanks. I hope I can be a useful member of your group.


--Jim O'B.

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