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  1. Groovekiller

    Groovekiller Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

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    A local band director once brought in a Selmer BASSET HORN for repair. It was in almost perfect condition but the aperture key (left hand first finger) was missing. I don't know how.

    He wanted it fixed while he waited! Selmer said the wait would be up to a year. I ordered an alto clarinet key and made it work with extensive modification - 1 week.

    See - these things are useful after all.
     
  2. fluteypiccolosax

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    lol
    yes
    they are useful to have parts stolen off of them to help another useless instrument
    :)
     
  3. SOTSDO

    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    I'd not talk that way with any Mozart fans around if I were you....
     
  4. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    I think Terry just got pwn'd.

    Hey, while I love the contrabass clarinet (for instance), I can certainly accept that the CB isn't really all that necessary. Unless you need a reedier tuba. That doesn't project as well.
     
  5. Ed

    Ed Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    A friend of mine plays contra bass and he says that the ensemble can tell when he's not playing because they don't "feel" his playing.
     
  6. Adagio

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    Waiting for a modern day musical Gainsborough and his Blue Boy solo?

    I don't understand why this instrument is not more popular. It's range is similar to, but even broader than, the tenor saxophone.
     
  7. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    From what I've heard, and I have asked a number of directors, the instrument is too soft to be heard in a band. Combo maybe, band, no so much. Still this makes me want to pull out my alto clarinet and give it a toot. :cool:
     
  8. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Because the bass clarinet has a range -- and pitch -- closer to a tenor sax and sounds better. Not that I'm trying to give Terry more ammunition, but it's true ....

    I think one of the big problems with the AC is that it's never been utilized properly. When it's in a high school band, for instance, it's generally covering an alto sax part, which is (more often than not) covering a French horn part.
     
  9. SOTSDO

    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    The insanity continues...

    It doesn't help when your alto clarinet's tone has been described as "insipid" by more than one orchestration book...

    Some misguided soul just now has a Selmer or Leblanc alto up on eBay with the incredible price up in the $2,500 range. Good luck with that, deluded owner...
     
  10. Steve

    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    I've found the old Leblanc altos that the tone is not very inspired. I then slighty tweak the body octave vent (make it a slightly larger diameter) and the tone becomes more powerful and fuller (something I learned years ago in tweaking my Selmer mk VII tenor sax). As long as you don't make it too big, you won't affect the balance and playability of the instrument - but it is a "fine" line.

    The last one I tweaked got me inspired and I nearly bought an alto clarinet ..... but certainly not for $2500 .... I thought $500 was too much on eBay and let it go .....
     
  11. bobsax

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    Well I like the Alto :eek:

    There was aTV show called The Storyteller that had an alto clarinet melody.
    It sounded like no other clarinet. Neither bass nor soprano could have played it.
    I think the instrument has it's place.

    Besides what other pro level clarinet can be had for under $300 ? ;)
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