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Contrabass and Subcontrabass Instruments


Look at the size of that saxophone!
Pitched one octave below bass, contrabass and subcontrabass instruments are about as low as most instruments go. Aside from those massive pipe organs, they're also about as big as most instruments get.

See and hear the biggest flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and more in this collection of videos. Link -via the Presurfer

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I like the recorder. I've played a few F contras, both Renaissance and modern, but they're a few feet shorter than that, which I assume is a 5th below the lowest I've played. Kung makes a great contra F that's about 7 feet tall, with plenty of keywork that ensures that even someone with small hands can get the reach. I'm partial to the historical models, though their ranges are rarely more than an octave and a 4th.
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One of my best friends in high school played contrabass clarinet. Not only was it an awesome-sounding instrument, he had to sit on two or three chairs stacked together to get himself to the proper height. :)
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