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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000768.txt from 1999/06

Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinet Bore changing with use - hence BLOW OUT
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 15:56:40 -0400

In a message dated 6/25/99 8:08:13 AM EST, writes:

<< wrote:

> Tone hole dominated Clarinets such as Buffets will last from 3 to 7 years.
> Bore dominated Clarinets Such as Leblanc or Selmer will last from 6 to 8
> years.

Tone hole dominated? Bore dominated? Please explain.

In answer to your tone hole question. There are two styles of clarinet
design, Bore dominated and tone hole dominated. A bore dominated clarinet is
one that has very large tone holes with little undercutting. This instrument
is normally tuned through the bore dimensions. The tone hole dominant
clarinet has smaller tone holes with large undercutting. The bore of this
horn is quite a bit smaller. This instrument is normally tuned through the
tone holes VIA undercutting and chimney diameters. The Buffet R-13 is an
example of this style. The older Leblanc clarinets are usually bore dominated
as the undercutting is very little and the bore is larger.
I hope this answers your question.


Alvin Swiney

Affordable Music Co.

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