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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000194.txt from 2002/06

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Roll out the barrel....
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 06:04:31 -0400

On Tue, 4 Jun 2002 07:24:35 -0700 (PDT), said:

> I wrote:
> > > ....well, I missed my opportunity to ask you for a closer look,
> > > didn't I? <rueful smile>
> Tony Pay wrote:
> > Don't understand that...
> I meant that you had carried your instrument into the restaurant, and I
> could've asked you for a closer look at it.

No, you couldn't: that's why I didn't understand. The Bb clarinet I was
playing on was a copy of an instrument by Simiot of Lyons, which *does*
have a barrel, and the instrument I *might* have been playing on was a
copy of an instrument by Grenser, like the one Jane was playing on,
which likewise has a barrel.

By the way, I want to say again that this idea of a 'spherical bore'
barrel is a complete non-starter. We know very well both theoretically
and practically what such a bore modification does. It stops the
instrument from being a clarinet; in fact, from being an *instrument*,
in any reasonable sense of the word, like being able to get a sensible
scale out of it.

Beyond that, the whole point of a clarinet is that it's essentially a
cylinder closed at one end. The bell is just a device to handle the
discontinuity of the bore dimension becoming effectively infinite.

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