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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001091.txt from 2001/02

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: RE: [kl] __[kl] Warped reeds
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 15:25:58 -0500

On Wed, 28 Feb 2001 14:51:41 -0500 (EST), said:

> On Wed, 28 Feb 2001, David C. Kumpf wrote:

> > Because it's all part of the existential angst of being a musician.
> > :-)
> >
> > 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 ...

I think almost all musicians would like to avoid angst as much as

The thing is, it's not so much whether you can hear differences in
controlled conditions. It's more to do with whether musicians can do
what they want to do, as well as the degree of difficulty they encounter
in doing it.

Hence some musicians' willingness to deal with the lability of gut

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