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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000261.txt from 2004/12

From: Bill Hausmann <bhausmann1@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Followup question: Greenline and temperature
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 23:44:03 -0500

At 06:20 PM 12/15/2004 -0500, Vann Joe Turner wrote:
>I'm puzzling over how the pitch is markedly influenced by the temperature of
>the air. I see the logic in it, but am troubled by the oboe. If it is true
>that the oboe's A is remarkably in tune, why isn't the oboe's pitch affected
>by the temperature of the air column? (Perhaps it is, and I just haven't
>heard -- for I've been away from my horns for 30 years while making a
>living!)

The oboe's A is not necessarily any better in tune than any other
instrument's. The orchestra tunes to the oboe at least in part because the
oboe is the least able to ADJUST its tuning. Thus, if the oboe is 10 cents
flat due to conditions in the hall, and EVERYBODY tunes 10 cents flat, all
will be well, except maybe for the perfect pitch folks.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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