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Merchant
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Hi everyone,

I'm Pauline and I have a PhD in acoustics, I'm specialized in the acoustics of wind instruments. I just started a blog (www.cleonide.com) where you can find the scientific explanations (explained in simplified terms!) about how musical instruments work. I saw that some of you already read some of my papers about pad resonators (http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?220347-To-Reso-or-not-to-Reso-that-is-the-question). In this blog you can already find two articles on pad resonators which are easier to understand than the scientific papers. The goal now is to try to answer all the questions you could have on the acoustics of your instrument, so feel free to contact me!

Come on and have a look!

Pauline
www.cleonide.com
 

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"Deflector" might even be better than "reflector". But certainly not resonator. That is totally misleading.
 

Merchant
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Hi. Hope you enjoy the blog! I put a new article on the difference between cylindrical and conical instruments.
TraneSpotter, I guess you question was a joke, but if not, please explain it to me.
 

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Hello Pauline, welcome from another scientist. I will enjoy reading the results of your experiments, and appreciate reading the results of what you have already concluded on the issues of resonators (which of course don't resonate, but a rose by any other name.......), their material, and their presence and lack thereof. I can't wait for other articles.
 

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finally a person who knows what they are talking about when it comes to acoustics of the wind instruments, welcome to SOTW, this place needs people like you.
Yea...we could certainly use a few more scientifically minded folks who understand that the perceptions of musicians are real, measurable, and important. I like your resonator experiment because it is built on what is, I think, a robustly critical realist perspective which sees musical production as a dynamic event which includes both materials and the perceptions/reactions of a human performer to those materials. This is science we can actually use.

RE: "resonators"

The study confirmed that sax players find horns with resonators "brighter" and easier to play. It seems to me that the term "resonators" simply alludes to this phenomenon: i.e. the discs are "resonators" not because they resonate but because they make saxophones more resonant?
 

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Welcome! Here's the joke:

The first time I saw this movie and it got to that part, I laughed so hard I thought I was going to need a splenectomy.

Reminds me of the time I had to pull the car over when a senior college ball player said that the program "had turned around 360 degrees" since he arrived.
 

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"Yanagisawa's T-WO3x series instruments introduce the use of Solid Sterling Silver (92.5% pure silver, 7.5% copper) in lieu of traditional brass. Solid Silver is a heavy alloy but also vibrates & responds exceptionally well. The use of solid silver in a sax will produce a more resonant instrument that will have more tonal presence and versatility. This effectively amplifies whatever is put in to the horn by the player and mouthpiece. So mouthpieces that are dark by nature will be darker, richer & bigger on a solid silver horn. Mouthpieces that are brighter will be edgier, more brilliant and more powerful when combined with solid silver in the horn. The basic math is simple, the more Solid Silver used in the horn, the bigger the performance enhancement."

Any comments to make on this from the point of view of an acoustic expert?
 

Merchant
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Hi Click, I'm actually writing an article on the influence of material on wind instruments! So I maintain the suspense...
 
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