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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000220.txt from 2003/06

From: "Doug Sears" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] clarinet vs sax mouthpieces
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 01:06:12 -0400

It's not merely a different way of attaching the mouthpiece. The expansion of
the bore inside the sax mouthpiece makes a big difference to its
intonation -- the extra volume in the mouthpiece compensates for the
"conical" bore not narrowing all the way to a point.

--Doug Sears

> However, just looking at a saxophone and the way the mouthpiece connects
> - there's always a huge bore change between it and the neck, markedly
> altered as you adjust intonation - makes me wonder if the same
> principles apply. Or is the saxophone such a crude, neolithic
> monstrosity that it is not subject to any forms of subtlety?
> (Personally, I find the alto sax irresistably beautiful.) I'd like to
> hear what the experts say about this obvious and gross disparity between
> the way the two kinds of mouthpieces attach to their respective

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