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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000221.txt from 2005/04

From: "Dan Leeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Test Results
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 18:10:15 -0400

How can you possibly say that the test was a long distance from good science
when the argument offered was that it was possible to tell the geography of
the player by the sound? Now THAT opinion is really bad science.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 10:33 AM
Subject: [kl] Test Results

I didn't take the test. The discussion before was interesting, and fun,
as the test must have been, but it seemed a long distance from good
science. There were lots of variables, and perhaps an unclear question
to resolve. And it's probable that if a sufficiently narrow test had
been made, the conclusion would have been silly. eg., maybe one could
prove that Sabine Meyer has a recognizably different style than Charlie

But more important to me is the pleasure I am now getting from
listening to the 20 samples. Thanks, Dan, and everyone that stimulated
this. I don't have such an extensive collection of clarinet music. As I
listen I'm amazed that there is such difference in sound and style. It
is a very real pleasure. As I listen, I sense my preferences and
prejudices toward clarinet sound. This is good learning for me.

(And this is definitely silly, but I intend to listen to all of them,
and to assign a nationality to each, just to see if there is any
pattern to my preconceptions. Hah! Maybe I'll even score 100%! :) )

Wayne Thompson

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