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 Question about paperclips
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2019-05-17 16:23

I'm still messing around with what instrument I find a combo of easiest / most fun to play in a band. I've spent many years on horn and tuba and like both. I am small and don't really have the air for the very low end of the tuba range and generally will play the upper octave in parts that have it. But I love love love the low notes! Since I'm a horn player, transposing is not a problem, and being a tuba player I know four sets of fingerings for the same clef. So....I'm wondering about contra-alto clarinet, knowing that the transposition of the music in front of me isn't a problem. I've tried one friend's bass and due to my small size could not reach the right hand pinky keys well enough. Being "of age" I don't want to twist my body for reaching because so far it's doing pretty well.
The question being, is there anyone here of my general size (5'2") who can reach a contra-alto? I don't have particularly small hands or short fingers but they are of relative size to the rest of me. I can reach an octave on the piano keyboard, but not a ninth. I'm attracted to the paperclip altos in particular.
The other question would be about a low C bass, but I don't have access to places to try them and am not terribly interested in paying a lot of shipping back and forth. The one paperclip I tried, years ago, I seem to remember being able to reach it. But it was an ebay purchase not in the condition described and it got sent back and the seller put on the "never again" list.

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