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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000534.txt from 2000/04

From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Doubling/union rules
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 20:39:06 -0400

Richard Bush noted:

<<<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

I believe that we now know why the Broadway production of West Side Story
has 8 instruments in the first reed book. (The touring version requires
fewer, if my memory serves correctly).


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