The straight shape version of this instrument is about 6 feet tall and made mostly of wood. The U-shaped barrel is made of metal. The body is of wood and about 4 feet long. Then there is the bell and the moputhpiece. One of the manufacturers is Vito.
The picture to the right shows the contrabass we use in Stockholm clarinet choir. It is a LeBlanc. Put on your sunglasses; it shines.
The picture below shows how to play the contra. Click on the image to view full size.
Also have a look at the Contra Bass clarinet page for pictures and more details.
This page was updated 2001-03-28.
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