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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000427.txt from 2001/02

From: David Glenn <>
Subj: Re: [kl] I've been quiet......
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 06:59:41 -0500 wrote:

> In a message dated 2/6/01 7:50:16 PM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> <<
> "Have you made two barrels that, to the best of your ability to
> measure, have identical dimensions yet play differently, perhaps because
> of the materials (plastic vs. wood) or the absence of rings?"
> Not exactly the same dimensions, but so far, the materials make a vast
> difference in response and tonal quality.
> Walter



Have you tried changing the outside dimensions without changing the inside?
I've seen one German clarinet maker do this. It was at the Frankfurt
Musikmesse (music trade fair) he had normal - looking barrels and one shaped
like a tulip. He told me it made a "darker, more Viennese-like" sound.

Of course, I've done resonance spectal tuning to my own barrels (changing
only the outside) and was astounded at the results. I have control barrels
without the changes - the difference is there.


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