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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000320.txt from 2004/10

Subj: [kl] Re: Selmer St. Louis
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 11:24:41 -0400

Very good.
Last night I criticized Bill's use of the terms 'fundamental' vs 'higher
partials' to describe clarinet sound.

Since then, Tony, Keith, and Bill have given more examples of the use of
these terms and I now understand better. Bill, in your note of a few minutes ago,
I still think it would be stronger to say, "To MY ears, "dark" describes the
sound that is heavier on
'the lower partials'......" rather than, "To MY ears, "dark" describes the
sound that is heavier on fundamental....." the way you worded it. But maybe I
nit pick, Bill; I otherwise understood well and liked what you said.

Wayne Thompson

PS You've got me thinking. Have vendors or researchers or any of us ever
initiated discussions of clarinet sound using the concepts of 'frequency
response' or 'bandwidth'? As in this fictitious advertising statement: "Our new
Super Pizza Ligature is designed to emphasize frequencies from 10 to 12 thousand
Hertz, a frequency range shown to be important in projecting your clarinet
sound in small dull halls."
I know this would be rotten marketing, but would it be useful on some level?

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