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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000521.txt from 2000/04

From: Richard Bush <rbushidioglot@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Doubling/union rules
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 12:57:40 -0400

One of the big distinctions between amateur pits and professional or
semi-professional pits is giving doubling fees. Most unions (USA) require 20%
over base pay for the first double (second instrument). The second double (third
horn) gives the player 15% more of base pay. All additional doubles pay the
player 10% per horn. If a woodwind player plays five instruments, they receive
base plus 20, plus 15, plus 10, plus 10 (base plus 55% of base pay). Bass
saxophone is usually considered an instrument of cartage, just like the harpist
or a percussionist who must bring in a ton of stuff.

Those who invest huge fortunes in instruments, learning to play them, getting
pro set-ups for them (expensive mouthpieces, instrument stands, etc.) and then
drag them into the pit after having made two or three backbreaking trips to the
car, DESERVE EVERY RED CENT they can squeeze from the employer. FIGHT FOR IT!
(Off the soap box) :-)

GrabnerWG@-----.com wrote:

> In a message dated 4/12/00 11:21:07 AM Central Daylight Time,
> claudia@-----.com writes:
>
> << I just finished a run of "Barnum" playing reed V, which
> consisted of clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone sax.
> It's been a long time since I played reed V in a show, and
> I had forgotten what a pain it is to schlep those large
> instruments and set them up. Next time I'm going to hold
> out for reed I or II. >>
>
> Claudia....what I have done in those instances is to ask for a cartage
> fee...It helps take the sting out when you're still in the pit, swabbing out
> your fourth or fifth instrument, while the violinists are already home having
> that first beer.
>
> Walter
>
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