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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001154.txt from 1998/03

From: CARRIE L EISHER <carleish@-----.edU>
Subj: Re: Oboe reed for octave shift
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 11:01:29 -0500

I don't mean to complicate things further, but the mouthlpieces on the
early clarinets (early 18th century) were about the size of bassoon reed
today. These clarinets still overblew a 12th. The mouthpiece did not
reach its modern size until the 1840's.
Just a thought.......

On Mon, 16 Mar 1998, George Kidder wrote:

> VERY interesting! I guess I'm not surprised that the oboe reed wouldn't
> speak, but I am surprised that the bassoon reed overblows an octave. Does
> this mean that a) the bassoon reed does not act like a closed-end tube, b)
> that the "new" instrument is not a cylindrical bore, or c) that the theory
> that seems to require both a) and b) above to overblow a twelfth is not true?
> I guess I would be inclined to b): a bassoon reed is still small compared to
> the clarinet bore, and the resulting step could do funny things to the
> acoustics, even if the rest of the pipe was cylindrical. Maybe we need to
> borrow a contrabassoon reed and try again?

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