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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000728.txt from 2001/04

From: Ed Wojtowicz <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Cracking clarinets
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 13:18:23 -0400

I was not submitting this as a scientific study or absolute proof of any
kind. I was merely relating it to the thread which was being discussed. Some
of these instruments have cracked in the exact same manner that Clark had
described, so I felt that there may be a correlation to what he describes.
BTW- For those who feel that the age of the wood is an issue, the
instruments in question have been of various ages. I felt that it was an
interesting point and that it may be more than mere coincidence.

Take it for what it is worth,
My 2 cents, (probably only 1, with the economy as it is)


> From: "Lacy, Edwin" <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 11:20:55 -0500
> To: "'>
> Subject: RE: [kl] Cracking clarinets
>> I have a good friend who has been on the road for a while with a well
> known
>> Broadway show. Because of the VERY cold air conditioning and the fact that
>> he is playing Eb, Bb and bass so he is forced to pick up cold horns, he
> has
>> had a number of problems with cracking.
> This would be considered anecdotal evidence, and in and of itself, wouldn't
> necessarily prove anything. We would have to have many clarinets exposed to
> the same conditions, and then a control group in completely different
> conditions, and them compare the rates of cracking among the two groups.
> Then, assuming that more of the group exposed to the severe changes in
> temperature had cracked, we would still have to find out the reason for this
> higher incidence of cracking. The fact that the temperature differential
> was great would necesarily indicate a causal relationship. We would need to
> eliminate other factors, such as the age of the instrument, the care which
> it had received, its construction, the flaws that might have been present in
> the wood from the beginning, stresses to which it had been subjected during
> manufacture and during playing, and many more.
> Ed Lacy
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