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Linton Contra

Discussion in 'Eb Contralto Clarinet' started by pete, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. This is the best example I can find of the Linton being played;
    Fooling around in a bar with a bunch of drunks singing "play that funky music..."
    The guy (from the U.K.) says it plays great in the lower register but that the middle D and D# are very hard to play.
    He has a contrabass mouthpiece modified to fit the horn. I wonder if the original mouthpiece were used and a reed could be found how it would play?
    The designer must have thought it was crucial to have such a big mouthpiece and I'm assuming the bore is larger then other contras.

    Here's what the tuba player from Pete's link says;
    .....it's a Linton. Not really made by Linton (the oboe and bassoon folks)... but made by ORSI (Italian) for Linton probably sometime in the 70's.... during period when instrument makers were all searching for the 'bigger and better' instruments to sell to school band directors. This one was a dreadful failure. Partly because no one ever bothered to make reeds for them on a production basis. The reed needs to be 15/16" wide to cover the rails... a full 1/8" wider than the widest commercially available reeds made for bari saxes and bass clarinets. According to Mr. Linton, there were only about 40 of these things made. .......Below are a couple of pictures of the mouthpiece. It's compared with a bari sax mouthpiece and a bari sax reed. Note that the tenon that fits into the horn is over 2" diameter. There have been some unsuccessful experiments to adapt a regular bass clarinet or contra bass clarinet mouthpieces to this horn. I've been experimenting with making a plastic reed for the horn. ....
    Pete's link again if you want to see the pics;
    http://thevillagetinker.com/Misc stuff.htm
  2. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    I've seen some of the mouthpiece adapters for these beasties. They're almost comical.

    I'd definitely think that a Linton mouthpiece would work much better than one of the kludge-jobs.
  3. This is from an email from Benedikt
    The bore of our contrabass clarinet is 36 mm as opposed to 30 mm (Leblanc)
    or 34 mm (Selmer)- the wider bore makes for the fuller sound.
    Benedikt Eppelsheim

    The tuba player says the mouthpiece for the linton is 2" in diameter.
    Thats 50.8 MM ! Almost twice the Leblanc !! :emoji_astonished:
  4. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator


    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Much better condition than most of these beasts. Still, it's not worth the money
  6. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Depends on how you look at it, SOTSDO. In this instance, Quinn has priced it about the average price the other ones sold for. Musically speaking, it might not be worth it, but as a rare-ish instrument, it's not bad. And, as you mention, it's in really good shape. Heck, I'd like to know what kind of finish the horn has.

    Yo, Jim! I know you know Quinn. While he mentions that the horn in this ad is a Bb contra, he mentions "it appears to have a saxophone fingering system, although I'd assume it overblows a 12th like other clarinets do," which might mean he's never actually played it. Can you please, please please ask him what the keyed range is? I'd like to know if it's a "pedal" C or if it's an Eb. I'd also like to know (other than finish, as mentioned above) if it does overblow a 12th.

    EDIT: sorry. I also saw http://www.quinntheeskimo.net/Pics/lintoncontra031611a/lintoncontra031611a47.jpg, just as I was leaving. Is it missing a key?
  7. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

    I've pinged QuinnTheEskimo to see if I can wander over and play the instrument. He doesn't have a mouthpeice, but I might have one that fits.
  8. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Kewl. I'm looking forward to a report!
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