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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000133.txt from 1994/05

From: Clark W Fobes <reedman@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: mouthpiece specifications
Date: Fri, 6 May 1994 01:01:43 -0400

On Thu, 5 May 1994, Cary Karp wrote:

> On Thu, 5 May 1994, Clark W Fobes wrote:
> > Without trying to start a clamor from the mathematicians, there are
> > approximately 2.5 100ths of a mm to every 1000th of an inch. My tip openings
> > are designed with .004mm increments of change between each of my four
> > facings. I try to work within tolerances of +/- .001mm.
> In order to know that you are working to tolerances of .001mm you have to
> be able to measure accurately to one additional decimal place. I'd be very
> interested in knowing how you do so.
Within the limits of my tools I work within these tolerances.

I think that the big point that seems to be missing in all of our
discusssions is that instrument making is more an art than a science. You
can fiddle with all the numbers and specs you want, but if a musical
instrument maker has no intuitive sense then he is merely a technician.
Without intuition there is no art. Without art there is no craftsmanship.


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