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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000212.txt from 2001/02

From: Gary Truesdail <>
Subj: Re: [kl] I've been quiet......
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 03:10:03 -0500

Please, Please, Please!!!!

Make careful notes of the physical or dimensional changes you make to your barrel
and the perceived effect these changes have upon the tone, intonation and
response characteristics of your instrument. Use your calipers or micrometers and
share with the rest of us.

GaryT wrote:

> In a message dated 1/30/01 1:23:57 PM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> <<
> I now have made a couple of barrels that work on my Buffet R-13 and Selmer
> 10-G's.
> The cocobolo makes a lovely warm rich tone. It however has a tendency to
> expand and shrink a great deal, I'm going to have to look into ways of
> stabilizing the wood. If anyone has pointers on this, I wood appreciate it
> greatly.
> >>
> I played one of my cocobolo barrels at rehearsal last night. After some oohs
> and ahhs from some of my colleagues in the woodwind section, we settled down
> to play.
> I was pretty comfortable, although I had to concentrate on not letting the
> throat tones go slightly flat. (on my next barrel I'm going to make the
> reverse cone in the barrel a little more tapered to see if this helps).
> At the end of the rehearsal I got good reviews on tone quality. My oboe
> playing colleague thought that the tone was open and more consistent
> throughout the range of the horn. That was nice to hear. My wife liked it
> too, and she is my best critic.
> I also made a barrel from Delrin, not as pretty a sound, but very consistent.
> I cannibalized an old barrel for the rings to put on the cocobolo barrel. The
> delrin barrel doesn't have rings.
> Question - should I continue these reports on barrel making experiments, or
> is it a waste of time for most people here?
> Walter
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