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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000942.txt from 1997/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: bass clarinet
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 22:29:44 -0400

At 08:45 PM 9/19/97 -0500, Gary Hopkins wrote:
>Bill, I overhauled an old Selmer bass clarinet about a year ago for a guy in
>Dallas. It did not have the low Eb key. To be honest, that was the first one
>I had ever seen without a low Eb. The instrument played fine, but it was
>strange reaching for a key that wasn't there when play testing.
After playing bass clarinet three years in college, and then not again
until about a year ago when I finally bought one (a gap of about 23 years)
this summer I ran into my first bass clarinet music which actually called
for the low Eb, in the pit music for "Barnum." The same book also had low
A's for bari sax. No doubt, if that book had also doubled flute, it would
have had written low B's, too!

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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