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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000161.txt from 1999/01

From: Edinger/Gilman <>
Subj: [kl] vocal tract effects
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 09:21:48 -0500

Some interesting items in the latest issue of The Clarinet (if no
one objects to discussing the clarinet again : -)): one is an ad on p.
58 for an L.A. Ripamonti Bb clarinet with an extra tone hole, described
as an E/B free hole, on the lower joint below the E/B tone hole. This
is an open hole, no key or pad, and it seems very unusual. I imagine it
is to enhance the pitch and sound of the long notes. The bell is also
without a ring, which I've heard enhances the sound, but I'm skeptical.
Any comments on this make/model? Anyone familiar with them? Can I
drill a hole in my horn (just kidding), or does the whole thing have to
be lengthened?
Another interesting item in the same issue: in Clarinet Citations
in Recent Medical and Scientific Literature (where "recent" goes back as
far as 1966), one citation (p. 78) from the July, 1985 Journal of
Acoustical Society of America is titled "The effects of the player's
vocal tract on woodwind instrument tone." The authors conclude that "It
appears that the player's vocal tract has a negligible influence on the
intrument tone," something of a surprise for me. Comments?
Lots of other interesting items in this issue, and if you don't have
a subscription, you should, if you're a member of this list. Go to for instructions.
There's also a great picture of three basset horn players and their
instruments (a pack of basset horns?) on page 48 from the '98
ClarinetFest. Finally: it's kind of interesting, but what the heck is
the article on addiction doing in there? The word "clarinet" never even
appears, and most of the article is completely irrelevant to the

Bill Edinger

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