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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000297.txt from 1994/05

From: Chris Hill <Chris_Hill@-----.ORG>
Subj: Re: Clarinet materials
Date: Wed, 18 May 1994 19:25:03 -0400

Interesting news about the high tech composite clarinet.

My guess is, though, that the mixture is more like 5% carbon fiber in a
polymer matrix (an epoxy, a polyester, or something more exotic), along
with the wood as a filler.

I would be curious to know whether the properties of the resulting clarinet
depend on the type of wood fiber that is used to produce the composite. I
rather suspect that almost any hard, dense wood will do, and that there
would be nothing magic about grenadilla, for example.

Chris Hill
RAND policy wonk
reformed composite materials engineer and clarinet doubler

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