Klarinet Archive - Posting 000727.txt from 1998/03
From: ROBERT HOWE <arehow@-----.net>
Subj: Re: A bass clarinet
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 22:40:52 -0500
This comes up every six months on this list. Selmer will special order
a model 22 (I think) bass clarient to low Eb, in A. "A" bass clarinets
exist for the same reason as A sopranos, but they are tres chic, so few
players have ever owned one. I don't have one, although I know that
Nick Shackleton has one. However, the low concert C# is essential.
Placing a low Eb on Bb bass makes the note possible and the A bass
irrelevant. Look at how Mahler uses the A bass clarinet in the 6th
symphony for a better expanation of this than I can give you in words.
>>From: dfigi@-----.com (David Figi)
Subject: Re: klarinet-digest V1 #747
Re: Bass clarinets in A
The last time I checked you could not buy a new bass clarinet in
(except possibly as a special order). There are a few used ones around
they are hard to find.