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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000639.txt from 1997/12

From: Hat NYC 62 <>
Subj: basset hounds
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 10:17:50 -0500

In a message dated 97-12-12 06:42:07 EST, you write:

<< It is *not* just "Mr. Leeson's opinion". Playing this obbligato on the
basset instrument is now practically standard practice elsewhere. There is
such an instrument in the Bate Collection here in Oxford (Eng.) which was
specially made for this purpose several decades ago - I don't have any
more details to hand, but I have seen it. If I remember correctly, its
bottom note is written D. >>

What does this instrument's existance have to do with Ricardo? So far, I have
seen no posts regarding individual b-flat bassetts in PRIVATE hands. If you're
so upset, write to Mr. Levine! It seems that if the opera houses of Europe are
paying for the damn things, then blaming Ricardo for not using one is quite

Of course, one of the reasons Ricardo is in a position to play the solo in
question is because he doesn't spend all his time responding to the crap other
people might choose to think or say about him! That doesn't mean he doesn't
see what's written here, of course. . .

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