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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000541.txt from 1999/01

From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Leblanc Corp/T.Ridenour/Selmer Signature
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 15:39:20 -0500

Tom Ridenour sent a long reply--but I'll take the following out of context
re the cause of the resistance in the Selmer Signature:

<<<<Yes I do, but this is not the place to lay it out. The resistance is
I call creative resistance; efficient, not stuffy. And what is most
interesting thing is the effects of that resistance (not how it is
created) : more embouchure freedom and relaxation, increased endurance,
more vibrational freedom for the reed, more center in the sound, more
stability the pitch, more roundness and depth in the shape, and more
efficient use of the player's energy. That's the cool thing.>>>>

I agree that this is not the forum for publishing Selmer's trade
secrets--but anyone with a micrometer could measure the thing. My pea brain
would not understand the results, however--I was looking for something more
general, like if it has a polycylindrical bore, or is smaller like a German
horn, or whatever. Also, and on a general note ('cuz Buffet's Elite and Mr.
Rossi's horns have them, too), what do "chimneys" do?

Another question here (for me at least)--and what I was getting at--is if we
are supposed to use the standard mouthpieces in our cases, or if the bore is
different enough that we have to mess with aftermarket barrels etc.

Again, this is just for general knowledge for the non-technically minded.
(If you gave me the secret stuff, I wouldn't understand it.)


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