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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001089.txt from 2001/02

From: Mark Charette <>
Subj: RE: [kl] __[kl] Warped reeds
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 14:51:41 -0500

On Wed, 28 Feb 2001, David C. Kumpf wrote:
> Seriously, I wonder if anyone has ever done comparative spectral analysis of
> a clarinet with synthetic vs. wood reeds, given the same horn, mouthpiece,
> ligature, etc.?

I don't know about a spectral analysis, but I'll wager Guy Legere, a scientist, has done more than one.

However, all that being said, I can hear a difference between the samples on the Legere web site. The samples were played by Richard Hawkins on the same equipment, same day, with just a reed change. I can't identify which is which relably from day to day, but I can hear a difference. I'd probably still hear a difference, though, if someone told me there were two different reeds - but the samples were really identical - especially if the samples were longer ...

Which is why experiments are more difficult to plan and execute than is commonly assumed ...

mark C.

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