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Posted by David Mills on July 31, 2002 at 17:04:08:

I've corresponded with the Orsi Factory and received this reply. Very intellesting as regards our cimbasso discussions. Enjoy.

----- Original Message -----
From: Prof. ROMEO ORSI S.r.l
To: Ray Wilson
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 4:08 AM
Subject: R: verdi tuba

Dear Mr. David Mills,

the C/bass Trombone you are using, which it is made in Italy and we make it,
it is the model "Verdi", personally required from Verdi to play his operas.
After the second world war, at the opening of the Theatre of "Scala" in
Milan after its rebuilding, the direction was assigned to Master Toscanini,
in occasion of his re-entry in Italy. For this occasion a Verdi's opera was
staged. Master Toscanini personally required to Italian factories the
building of an instrument able to substitute the C/bass Trombone, whose
sound was recognized too brilliant from him. The "Scala" Theatre bought two
of these instruments. Differently from the C/bass Trombone, which has a
cylindrical pipe, these instruments have a completely conical pipe: this
means a very armonic sound. Owing to this particular, Master Toscanini
preferred it because it fitted very well with all the Orchestra. After that
first Concert at "Scala" Theatre this instrument was always used for the
Verdi's operas, just owing to its incomparable sound.

Best regards,
Prof. Romeo ORSI S.r.l.

Da: "Ray Wilson"
Oggetto: verdi tuba
Data: Lun, 29 lug 2002 2:56

Dear Sirs, I've been involved in a lively dialogue on the Internet regarding
cimbasso. I understand your company made a tuba/cimbasso for Verdi's
operas. I am very interested. I play in the opera and symphony in
Charlotte,NC-USA and have used the trombone version of the cimbasso made by
Kalison.Please respond to Davidm(AT)
with any information you think
appropriate and useful. Thank you for your time,David Mills

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