Klarinet Archive - Posting 000179.txt from 1994/05
From: "Jay Heiser, Product Manager, Govt Systems" <jayh@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Intuituion (how do you measure 'resistance'?)
Date: Mon, 9 May 1994 11:44:40 -0400
-->From: Clark W Fobes <reedman@-----.COM>
-->Subject: Re: Intuituion
-->At this point in time it takes me approximately 2 hours to make an artist
-->level clarinet mouthpiece. The actual facing, boring and shaping of the
-->window require about 1 hour and the second hour is spent almost entirely
-->in the fine tuning. This is where I depend most on my highest order of
-->technical skills to balance the sound and feel based on careful play testing.
-->At this point a mouthpiece may be too resistant. Where does the resistance
We all know what resistance is, but I don't have a clue as to
how it could be measured. Some kind of artificial embouchure
Even if there were some way to absolutely measure 'resistance',
is it necessarily the case that this would be enough information
to provide a specific adjustment to the mouthpiece?
I suggest that Clark is not necessarily compensating for actual
resistance (I believe that engineers use the symbol 'Cv' to describe
this?), so much as he's compensating for the perception of
If it feels good, and sounds good, and stays good, then it is good.
I don't care what the coefficient of resistance is, I care what's
comfortable and most playable.
Blooming: Azaleas in full force
too wet to finish planting