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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001018.txt from 1999/01

From: Note Staff Unlimited <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Subjective and Objective
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:00:55 -0500

Tony Pay schrieb:

> <<On Mon, 18 Jan 1999 23:44:00 +0100, said:
> [snip of description of George Ignatius's Resonance Spectral Tuning] >>
> - snip -

> <<I just went back and read your post of Sept 27, David. I now remember
> thinking at the time that it's known that wall vibration can affect the
> acoustical properties of instruments (it's mentioned on p 500 of
> Benade, for example); even the tuning can be altered significantly.
> Most players know that different barrels and bells often have a
> surprisingly large effect. >>

In fact, I think it affects the harmonicity in a positive way as well.

> <<I think the difficulty is rather to determine that the effect is
> necessarily an improvement to the instrument as a whole. I have tried
> barrels that seemed to me to improve the response of the instrument at
> first; and then, when I switched reeds, or tried them again a few days
> later, it was less clear that I preferred them to my standard barrel.
> Same with ligatures -- sure, there's a difference, and sometimes a
> particular reed goes well with a particular ligature, but you'd be hard
> put to say that that ligature was *better* for all reeds.
> However, this doesn't mean that Georg's improvements are of that nature,
> though the cycle 'initial interest --> not followed up' from the
> manufacturers does seem rather typical.
> I suppose it's just rather unlikely, given the rather large amount of
> highly sophisticated professional study (particularly of violins) that
> has been done, that your friend has chanced upon some mathematical
> machinery that improves all string instruments. (Not to mention the
> walls, loudspeakers and skis that you talked about in your initial
> post.)
> But you may be right, and anyway, it's great that you find it an
> improvement. I wish I'd thought of it when I was playing in Switzerland
> recently, and taken you up on your offer of a visit to the Black Forest.
> Another time!
> Tony
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