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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000202.txt from 1999/04

From: Note Staff Unlimited <>
Subj: [kl] Material vs. Belief?
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 08:34:12 -0400

Bill Hausmann schrieb:

> At 11:08 PM 4/3/99 +0200, David Glenn wrote:
> >Ever since (years ago) I saw and heard Kato Havas do this with a violin in
> >one of her master classes and that with stunning effect, I have used this
> >"experiment" on pupils to convince them not to grab the clarinet or saxophone
> >with undue force. By the way, on the saxophone, it works quite well at the
> >bell.

> -snip-

> >
> Of course, the mechanism of tone production in a violin is so greatly
> different from that of the clarinet as to make any comparison irrelevant.
> Everyone knows the violin's body DOES, and in fact MUST, vibrate to produce
> a tone. Yamaha uses this fact to good effect in their "Silent Violin"
> which has no vibrating body. The player hears its sound via a
> peizoelectric pickup, electric amplification and earphones. One standing
> next to the player hears only the soft, weak sound of the strings, someone
> in the next room hears nothing at all.
> Bill Hausmann
> 451 Old Orchard Drive
> Essexville, MI 48732
> ICQ UIN 4862265
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Please excuse me. I was not intending to compare the tone production qualities of
the violin to that of the clarinet. What I meant to say was merely that it gave me
the *idea* to try it out on the clarinet.

Having tried it out, I am convinced that the body of the clarinet does vibrate.
How this relates to the violin, I don't know...

It would be "unscientific" to presume that a clarinet is so stable as to
completely resist all movement of the vibrating reed and vibrating air column.
What did we learn in school? Every action causes a reaction.

But perhaps it is not the material's properties of vibrating but its properties of
absorbing and/or reflecting the sound which is in question here. It would be
interesting to find out why putting a hand on the barrel can cause these
properties to change. Or has anyone managed to scientifically proove that there is
no change?

David Glenn


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