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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000148.txt from 2002/05

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Adjectives (was: Too many barrel choices!)
Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 09:14:34 -0400

<><> George=A0Kidder wrote:
Bill, I am having a hard time visualizing this. Like, most of us, I
suspect, I have never seen such a "bell". To me, "100% spherical" would
not allow for an inlet or an outlet, which is absurd. I presume you mean
"except for the inlet and outlet, 100% spherical." Are the holes the
same size? Rounded corners?

To describe it in words:

The basic shape is a sphere whose diameter is approximately (very
approximately!) 2-1/4".

Although it _wasn't_ built this way, you can imagine the exterior shape
as if someone had cut a 1" hole (very approximate) into the sphere and
then glued a normal tenon socket onto the sphere and finally rounded off
the edges where the sphere and socket met.

Diametrically opposed to the socket is a 1-1/2" (very approximately)
circular vent hole. Again, while it wasn't built this way, it appears
as if someone cut a hole into the sphere and then added some material
around the exterior of the hole's rim in order to give the bell a more
graceful appearance.

Perhaps the best description of the exterior shape is "a tulip blossom
that has begun to open but isn't all the way open yet." The interior,
as I have already said, is spherical. I am told that the diameter of
the vent is critical to the tuning. My tuner says that the craftsman
(Steve Fox) got it exactly right.



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