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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000257.txt from 1999/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Materials when decoupled from the performer
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 13:10:33 -0400

At 10:53 AM 4/4/99 -0400, Mark Charette wrote:
>The audience perceived no difference in sound, and if we are to believe
>that the human ear is a very sensitive device, it should have (Benade's
>book on Musical Acoustics does show the human ear to be a very sensitive
>device in many regards). That took me aback - I had assumed the
>materials make a difference, especially in something like a powerful
>organ. Why do the different ranks make different sounds? Flute rank?
>Diapason? Why are some wood, then? There are explanations and reasons,
>but the material properties of the pipes are made of doesn't seem to be
>one of them.
And, oddly enough, the ranks of pipes that are made of wood on the lower
notes switch to metal on the higher notes. On a well-made organ, the
transition should be seamless.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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