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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000603.txt from 1997/12

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: R series Selmer Eb Contra
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 21:00:14 -0500

At 11:08 AM 12/11/97 +0000, you wrote:
>On Thu, 11 Dec 1997, Bill Hausmann wrote:
>> Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 05:23:02 -0500
>> From: Bill Hausmann <>
>> Reply-To:
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: R series Selmer Eb Contra
>> At 01:30 AM 12/11/97 -0600, Edmund White wrote:
>> > Altissimo notes are somewhat difficult because there is no
>> >half-hole key for the left index finger like the ones found on most bass
>> >clarinets. Otherwise, old Rosewood Selmers are very nice.
>> >
>> Of course, it is rather pointless to play altissimo notes on a contrabass!
>> (Asbestos suit zipped up tight.) :-)
>Doesn't that rather depend on what you want to play on it??
>Roger Shilcock
Actually, yes, but what is the point of playing altissimo on contrabass
when you could use clarion on bass, or possibly even chalumeau on soprano
to play the same note, most likely with better tone and intonation? Yes,
you can do it, and it is done. But isn't it sort of silly?

Bill Hausmann
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