Bass tárogató.

Discussion in 'Tárogató' started by MrDibbs, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. MrDibbs

    MrDibbs

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    I'm in Hungary touring with the World tárogató Ensemble and I've managed to get myself a bass tárogató. Here I am playing it. the other guy is Gregus Pal who made the instrument.
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    How does it compare to playing say, a bass clarinet? I like my tárogató, but not as much as the sax and clarinet. But I certainly could have gotten more used to it if there were more playing opportunities.
     
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    that thing is awesome!
     
  4. MrDibbs

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    Its like a rustic tenor sax. Its keyed to low B and high D. Unless you live in Hungary or Romania you have to make your own opportuities to play it. Scott Robinson has been touring with us and he's bought four of them. He plans to form a bass tárogató quartet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Robinson_(jazz_musician)
     
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    Great!
     
  6. Gandalfe

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    Nicely stated. When I played the tárogató I had, I always had in the back of my mind that I preferred the soprano sax for intonation and consistency. But then, it was a Yani B992 which is probably one of the best out there. My tárogató was an unbranded instrument.
     
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    kymarto Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    And there's the rub. My Stowasser tárogatós (and the Hammerschmidt) play beautifully up to high E, with solid intonation. With the small toneholes, tárogatós are much more persnickety than saxophones in terms of tonehole size and placement. Think "oboe". plus some.
     

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