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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000131.txt from 1999/04

From: Fred Jacobowitz <>
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Density of Wood
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 00:39:07 -0500

I think you are missing a very important facet here. The Actual
surface texture is crucial to sound. Ask any acoustician. Surfaces
reflect and refract sound, greatly affecting sound quality. The inside of
plastic clarinets is completely smooth while that of wooden clarinets is grainy. I
am POSITIVE that therein lies as much of a difference as the density of
the wood versus the density of plastic.

Fred Jacobowitz
Clarinet/Sax Instructor, Peabody Preparatory

> Wood density, like plastic vs. wood, is irrelevant as long as the
> inside shape is identical.
> --
> - Tim Roberts,
> Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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