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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000071.txt from 2000/07

From: Roger Shilcock <roger.shilcock@-----.uk>
Subj: Re: [kl] ligatures
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 04:11:12 -0400

I've had a mouthpiece that vibrated - one of those nasty cheap white B & H
things. Good mouthpieces do not vibrate in that sense.
Roger S.

On Sat, 1 Jul 2000, Tony Pay wrote:

> Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2000 01:11:21 +0100
> From: Tony Pay <Tony@-----.uk>
> Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
> To: klarinet@-----.org
> Subject: Re: [kl] ligatures
>
> On Fri, 30 Jun 2000 19:06:08 -0500 (CDT), el2@-----.edu said:
>
> > On Sat, 01 Jul 2000 01:21:17 +0200, a.bergamin@-----.it said:
> >
> > > If you are looking for a ligature you should consider two things
> >
> > > 1. The ligature should have a minimal impact on reed and mouthpiece:
> > > few contact points, the reed should vibrate free but needs to be
> > > fixed to the mouthpiece.
> >
> > I have no scientific experimentation to confirm this, but logic tells
> > me that the back of the reed, the part that is in contact with the
> > mouthpiece, will *not* vibrate, or at least that any vibration from
> > that part of the reed will be negligible. Much of the back of the
> > reed will be in contact with the table of the mouthpiece, and at least
> > some of it will also be contacted by the ligature, no matter what kind
> > of ligature it might be. Also, the thickness of the back of the reed
> > will tend to further attenuate any vibrations.
> >
> > It's perhaps a comforting thought to imagine all those long fibers,
> > running through the entire length of the reed, and vibrating wildly,
> > thereby contributing to the beautiful sound of the clarinet. I should
> > rather think that the contribution of vibrations from various parts of
> > the reed would be more likely to be approximately inversely
> > proportional to the thickness of the reed at each given point.
>
> Well, I have no idea whether any of this is true. I imagine that the
> vibration of the mouthpiece also comes into it -- even if it doesn't
> broadcast those vibrations, they interact with the vibrations of the
> reed.
>
> Different ligatures do make different sounds, and for a given reed there
> may be an optimum ligature, or an optimum sort of ligature. What I
> doubt is that there is an optimum ligature that makes all reeds better.
>
> In fact, I deny it! So that IMO pronouncements about what 'the best'
> ligature is like are just so much moonshine.
>
> You can sell moonshine, don't y'know?
>
> Tony
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