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 Metal rings tonal dogmas
Author: farabout 
Date:   2021-09-27 20:41

Has anyone investigated how differently profiled metal rings (eg, ridged vs. plain) influence the tone timbre?

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 Re: Metal rings tonal dogmas
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2021-09-27 21:48

Absolutely no noticeable difference, it’s only cosmetic. There may be a very very slight difference between an instrument with metal rings and one with no rings whatsoever, but even that is debatable.


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 Re: Metal rings tonal dogmas
Author: Hurstfarm 
Date:   2021-09-27 22:51

And impossible to verify anyway. Every other aspect of two compared instruments would have to be exactly the same.

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 Re: Metal rings tonal dogmas
Author: donald 
Date:   2021-09-28 07:25

I painted the rings on my A clarinet black with a sharpie pen, but told people it was some new black graphite rings that were all the rage in USA. Playing in dress rehearsal for a concert, one friend in the Violin section told me it made my sound more vibrant. A friend in the Cello section told me backstage that the sound was richer. Sharpie pen, I strongly recommend it, much cheaper than retro fitted rings.

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 Re: Metal rings tonal dogmas
Author: SunnyDaze 
Date:   2021-09-28 10:44

Hi Donald,

That's hilarious. :-) I had a similar blind test experience when I was testing reeds yesterday. At one point I'd changed reeds so many times that I forgot which one I had on the clarinet, and did a blind test of a Vandorn classic 1.5, which I thought was a synthetic reed. It was so funny because I was thinking "Wow! This is the perfect synthetic reed! I finally found it!". It turned out that is was not. LOL!


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