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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000837.txt from 2000/07

From: "Mark Charette" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 07:00:40 -0400

From: "James L Cook" <>

> The theoretical representation of the spectrum as a series of "harmonics"
> must permit a further modification, for an exact spectral analysis of
> instrument sounds shows that significant frequency variations of the
> whole-number relationships of of the overtones occur with all instruments,
> so that one can scarcely speak of "harmonics."

That's interesting. If you would view the spectra of the clarinet that has
been provided at you will not notice any
deviation from whole number multiples. Also, discussions on this very topic
that I had with a prof. of acoustics at Ohio State (this year) came to the
conclusion that there can be only whole number multiples of the harmonics.
Unfortunately I did not save the email.

Of course, what we're talking about here has nothing to do with the clarinet
being in tune or in tune with itself, only the overtone series.

Mark C.

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