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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000871.txt from 1998/03

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Re: Re: Vandoren Mouthpiece
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 11:44:59 -0500

At 08:38 PM 3/13/98 EST, Tom Ridenour wrote:
>There are different grades of hard rubber and few mouthpieces today are made
>from pure rubber, but a mixture or recipe if you will of plastic and rubber.
>It is this formula that has a decided effect on tone color.
Call me a skeptic, but it seems to me that it would require relatively
LARGE changes in the recipe to produce very SMALL changes in sound, given
the vast number of other variables in the design of the mouthpiece, not to
mention the instrument itself, the reed, the ligature, the player... I
would expect that the ultimate choice of material formulation would be
influenced more by workability and durability considerations than inherent
tonal qualities. Again, I am just working on instinct here. If I'm wrong,
I'd like to know where my error is.

Bill Hausmann
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