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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000229.txt from 2004/08

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] Objective of the Ligature
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 12:16:21 -0400

Forest Aten wrote:

> Several people have talked about ligatures
> "allowing the reed to vibrate freely".....etc. I'm not
> sure I understand this concept. How does it work?
> What part of the reed are you allowing to "vibrate
> freely"? Why would one ligature allow a reed to
> vibrate more "freely" than another?

Probably you've read about the experiment, done years ago, wherein the
tip of a reed was photographed as it vibrated. This experiment showed
that the reed does, in fact, close the air channel completely during
each cycle.

With modern technology, perhaps there is a similar but 'higher
resolution' method of measuring whether other portions of the reed move?

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