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 bore size -vs- resistance
Author: Tim P 
Date:   2003-03-28 14:37

I play the same Conn wooden student model that
I had in high school. I am reacquainting myself with clarinet playing and in an attempt to learn I have been lurking around the clarinet bulletin board. It has been very beneficial.

Now for a question. Last night my mother brought over my brothers clarinet.
It, too is just a student model, plastic and a LeBlanc. So I compared the
two with my unsophisticated ear. I believe my clarinet sounds "more full".
Kind-of like playing a chord with a full orchestra instead of about 15
instruments. the plastic one hit the notes ok (except for where the key is
bent and won't close the pad) but not as rich.

However, it was way easier to blow. so I thought I was smart and remember
reading about bore size so I measured the bores. Measured is a bit of a
misnomer since all I had was a set of machinist inside calipers. I can not
get a quantitative result but the comparison of the two bores show that the plastic model is smaller. I would have guessed differently.

What other factors would be involved? I used the same mouthpiece set-up on both. I even played around with different set-ups on each and still the same hard blow on the Conn.

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 Re: bore size -vs- resistance
Author: sfalexi 
Date:   2003-03-28 15:39

I'm not too sure on the whole bore vs resistance. I thought it was a big factor, but when someone on another post pointed out that the differences in bore size ranged about one millimeter from 14.x to 15.x, is that really a noticeable difference? I'm thinking no. Perhaps bore isn't it. Did you try the same barrel on both? Perhaps the taper or manufacture of the barrel is different. Also the bell (which I've heard could be an important factor in the sound as well).

Of course, I have no evidence to support that this is the difference, but maybe someone else will have other ideas.


BTW - Very smart using the same mouthpiece since that is a BIG factor. Another thing that might be is that the mouthpiece for one horn may not be the best mouthpiece for another. It was also mentioned on a post here to always, after buying a new horn, look around for a new mouthpiece because a mouthpiece that was phenominal on one horn may not match up with the other.
I'm not TOO sure on how much this factors since some mouthpieces seem to work great with ANY clarinet (think of all the people that play the famous kaspars or chedevilles, etc.), but perhaps that's the problem. Your mouthpiece may not have matched up.

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