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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000142.txt from 1993/12

From: Tom Ascher <U15310@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Darkness/brightness of sound
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 1993 10:24:46 -0500

Good to hear from someone who has actually DONE the spectral analysis!
It confirms what I would think we all intuitively suspect. Brighter sound -
more higher partials; darker sound - more lower partials. If you are
correct in the surmise that darker sound equates with thicker reeds and
brighter sound with thinner reeds, this would rationalize the use
a thicker, or thinner reed. I notice that in catalog descriptions of
various clarinets, especially the Leblanc, the more expensive models are
referred to as darker. I wonder if they are thicker walled? Or possibly
denser wood...?

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