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 Alternative key materials
Author: awildman 
Date:   2017-03-02 07:56

My apologies if this has been discussed before. As you might imagine, searching for 'keys' and 'clarinets' brings up quite a few results.

With the recent wood restrictions, and the advent of modern technology like 3d printing, I've been thinking a bit about the direction that woodwinds would be going in the next decade or two. Specifically about key material. Unfortunately, I know little about why we use what we use, and what other materials might be viable.

My first thought is CF or some other form of plastic, but that opens up a whole can of worms with glues, pads, repairs, adjustments etc. And what about simplicity and ease of repair/manufacture? Then we run into the problem of tradition, preconception, and marketplace acceptance. And, of course, cost. If the only meaningful factor was the ability of an instrument to play music well, where might woodwind makers take us?

I'm not much of a space-age guy when it comes to this stuff (if it ain't broke....), but i do like to satisfy my curiosity and imagination occasionally. In this case, I stumbled on an article about Matit flutes and started wondering. Anybody care to jump on the speculation train with me?

I'll admit that some of this speculation springs from my joint problems. Less weight is desirable, and metal = heavy.

Post Edited (2017-03-02 07:58)

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