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 New Invention!!!
Author: BassetHorn 
Date:   2006-08-25 00:18
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Are you ready to rumble!!!!!!!

Guntram Wolf's new bass clarinet!!!

You are welcome : )

Now go buy that lotery ticket.

Seriously, what a beautiful creation, these Germans (Eppelsheim and Wolf) set the woodwind world on fire with their ingenuity.

Post Edited (2006-08-25 00:21)

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: Ben 
Date:   2006-08-25 01:55

Looks more like a cross between a saxophone and an 18-wheeler's exhaust pipe to me!

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: SimpsonSaxGal 
Date:   2006-08-25 02:39

looks a lot like a saxophone to me, except for the keys. I wonder if that's where they got their inspiration...

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: BassetHorn 
Date:   2006-08-25 02:40

yeah, isn't it cool : )

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2006-08-25 02:57

Guntram Wolf is making some seriously competitive instruments. I friend of mine gave very glowing reviews to his contrabassoon (similar bizarre looking contraption - looks more like a high end audio speaker).

There is also a crazy looking sopranino sax (Ab ???) worth seeing on his website (the last time I looked).

............Paul Aviles

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: David Spiegelthal 2017
Date:   2006-08-25 02:58

WAAAYYY cool! I love it! He's gone the same route as I'm going with my current low-C extension (for a metal Kohlert bass clarinet); that is, putting all the 'extended range' notes on a long upward extension, similar to a low-A bari sax. Much more compact arrangement, at the expense of some additional mechanism complexity. But his workmanship is light-years better than anything I could do.

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2006-08-25 14:03

Yure Rite, B H, a "multiplicity" of inventions, certainly "new and different" [novel], "useful" [perhaps only limitedly so ?] and "unobvious" [gosh yes], to satisfy US requirements for patentability, sure would like to see the German patent [translated] , will look for a US pat ! As for similarity to a [their] very large sax, why not ? Both are metals, having several "loops" [at a loss for words] to provide "reasonable length/height" and "common-practice" fingering systems [highly expanded/complex] and mps !, just diff. by bore-shape considerations, thereby differing in range [compass] and tonal character [perhaps?]. I'm going out to buy a set of lottery tickets, hoping to be proud, but somewhat confused, OWNER !!! Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: Ken Shaw 2017
Date:   2006-08-25 15:13

There has naturally been great excitement on the Contrabass list, where people who have played it say that the body is plastic with a thin metal plating.

This BBb contra has a full complement of keys (unlike the Leblancs), but does not have the forked Eb/Bb linkage. The maker says that the forked notes can't be made to play in tune.

Ken Shaw

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: BassetHorn 
Date:   2006-08-25 15:16

I won $5 on lottery this morning, you think this would be sufficient for a deposit?

Anyone knows of any plan to put that thing in production?

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: Terry Stibal 
Date:   2006-08-25 16:05

This instrument looks like what would happen if Piaggo, former manufacturer of the Pi-108, Fascist Italy's answer to the B-17, decided to get out of the Vespa motor scooter production end of things and took up the fabrication of harmony clarinets instead.

One other thing was bothering me a bit. Some of the "tone on tone" portions of the image of the instrument look more like an illustration than a photograph. The background is real enough, but there's just not the sort of variation of tone on the interior of the bell that you would expect in a photograph.

leader of Houston's Sounds Of The South Dance Orchestra

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2006-08-25 16:39

I like the funny silver fin thingies on the bell!

Pretty space-age looking - space-age from the '50s that is!

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: BassetHorn 
Date:   2006-08-25 16:46

and I like the bell-to-body brace, and the detachable bell...

Imagine a Backun bell on that thing.

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 Re: New Invention!!!
Author: BassetHorn 
Date:   2006-08-25 16:51

One thing that no one yet has mentioned is the advantage in portability.

It's probably the size of a tenor sax, and great for marching.

Yeah, a low C bass built for all weather and outdoor use. Somehow due to its new age look I don't see a rapid acceptance by players in orchestra settings. But Wolf must be commended for updating Leblanc's earlier metal bass experiment.

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