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 Re: The Backun CG Carbon Fiber/Wood Clarinet
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2018-02-25 07:01

The question of the influence of material on sound was taken up in the TMS Journal (The Journal of Minerals, Metals, and Materials) in an August 2007 article by Kelly Roncone Zappas, "The Science of Sound: Examining the Role of Materials in Musical Instruments." I can't seem to get a quick link to it but it's easily googled and worth reading.

Gregor Widholm in Vienna has experimentally concluded that the material for violins is crucial to the sound but in wind instruments like the clarinet it is not. In wind instruments, the shape and size of the air column are paramount. Widholm designed an experiment with Muramatsu flutes made of different materials but measurements as close to identical as possible, and there was no detectable difference in the sound of the instruments that could be traced to the material. One limitation to this generalization, it seems to me, though, is that often one type of material cannot be drawn to tolerances that are identical using another material. In flutes, silver, platinum, gold, nickel, and various alloys might be able to assume very nearly the same thickness and shape but in glass mouthpieces, for example, the fragility of the material seems to dictate that the mouthpiece must have significantly different shapes and sizes in the chambers and other parts from either rubber or acrylic ones. Similarly, most woods probably cannot be drilled or undercut to the same tolerances as rubber or Greenline material. So non-acoustical properties of materials may make true acoustic comparisons between them impossible.

It would be great to hear clarinet designers weigh in on this question.



Post Edited (2018-02-25 19:00)

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