What are some of the main differences between ebonite and wood clarinets vs. metal clarinets, besides their obvious material difference and shape difference?
There's the good ol' Clarinet BBoard, where you'd probably get similar answers from similar people (I think I recognize a few of you from both places).Is anybody on a clarinet board to ask to see what they say about a clarinet Klangbogen.
I asked a friend with a doctorate in clarinet performance from UNT about materials mattering and sound on Tuesday. He said that it had more to do with density and talked about his rubber bell and barrel. He then went on to say that all clarinetists are in agreement that various woods sounds different. He also said that if a plastic clarinet were made with the exact dimensions of a professional clarinet it would sound a lot more like the professional clarinet, but it would also be clear it was plastic. Then he closed by saying that people who say materials don't matter are just internet trolls and to ignore them. This conversation makes me want to see if there is a clarinet on the web and if a bunch of people cite acoustics and say different woods couldn't possibly sound different. Then see if anybody had dropped the clarinet Klangbogen and created mass hysteria and a 1,000+ thread.
Thinking about clarinet. Why do people even buy wood clarinets for a lot more money that can eventually crack? Shouldn't every clarinet be made of plastic since materials don't matter? :twisted:
http://test.woodwind.org/clarinet/BBoard/list.html?f=1This conversation makes me want to see if there is a clarinet on the web
I have wood (cocobolo and grenadilla), metal and plastic clarinets. The plastic one is a student instrument, so a comparison with the others is unfair. The other three all sound very good, quite similar to each other and I can easily play them in tune. I believe the biggest difference is the weight and how they feel in your hands.Thinking about clarinet. Why do people even buy wood clarinets for a lot more money that can eventually crack? Shouldn't every clarinet be made of plastic since materials don't matter? :twisted:
A great deal of musical instrument design is tradition-based.This article by Tom Ridenour is a great read.
He certainly thinks material makes a difference acoustically, but argues that grenadilla is in favor simply because it was the best material available back in the day. Tom knows his stuff.