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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000078.txt from 1994/05

From: Matthias Ferdinand <mferd@-----.DE>
Subj: Re: Clarinet Materials
Date: Wed, 4 May 1994 11:45:02 -0400

Jay Heiser wrote:
> Many people think that the buffing that occurs in a
> a relacquer job detrimentally affects the sound
> Yamaha sells gold plated necks that purportedly
> have a difft sound
> Many people believe that a silver-plated sax
> sounds difft than lacquer
For saxophones, the material of the body and its surface (lacquered or
plated) surely matters. I know this from trying several variations
of the same model with Selmers, Yanagisawas, Guardalas and Keilwerths.
Maybe it has a stronger effect because the material is much thinner
compared to the clarinet. And you can feel the vibrations of the
instrument better with some materials.
I don't have any experience in this field, but I guess that the
material used has influence on the exact form of some details inside
the instrument, e.g. the edge of the tone-holes (sharp or round),
changing again the sound.

Matthias Ferdinand (

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