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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000742.txt from 2002/06

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] How a bell works, from Benade (also: Modern Basset Horn
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 05:28:46 -0400

But the maximum length of a clarinet air-column is shorter than that of an
oboe of the same pitch - so a bulb might be expected to have a *greater*
effect on a clarinette d'amour, say, than on a cor anglais.
Roger S.

In message < writes:
> <><> Benade wrote:
> The bulbous or pear-shaped extension at the foot of an English horn does
> not fit in with my explanation.
> I suppose he means that a bulbous shape does NOT allow the bell to
> replace open holes further down the instrument, and therefore a bulbous
> bell does NOT have the efficient mode of radiation for higher
> frequencies, and therefore my statement that my bulbous bell suppresses
> the higher partials, which are normally heard in a clarinet, is a
> reasonable statement ??? (until the air column becomes so short that
> the bell truly has no effect)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------

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