Klarinet Archive - Posting 000135.txt from 1994/09
From: Timothy Tikker <tjt@-----.ORG>
Subj: Re: Other woods / Steve Prescott
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 1994 07:48:48 -0400
On Tue, 20 Sep 1994, Roger J. Shilcock wrote:
> I think instrument makers and everyone else concerned should bear in mind that
> "rosewood" is a tropical hardwood too. Whatever happened to cocus wood?
Yet other woods: a recent article in The Double Reed interviewing the
staff at Rigoutat Oboes said that they've tried Purple Heart wood.
Wouldn't you just love to see a purple oboe - or clarinet - !? (I know:
you'd rather see than be one!). Anyway, the said the wood had some
quirks - I'll have to see the article again and report just what those were.
A book on wood said that Holly has been used a a substitute for ebony,
being of similar density and such. It just has the opposite color, stark
white (my clavichord has natural keys covered in holly), so it's often dyed.
But why dye it? How about white clarinets?!
Somebody in the Clarinet Journal has been advertising rosewood clarinets
- South American, as I recall. And somebody on this net spoke very
highly of his work. I've seen an E-flat contrabass (by another maker) in
rosewood and thought it was wonderful (played well, too).