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has there ever been an attempt to objectively determine the resistance of different set-ups?

what I have in mind is the use of an artificial embouchoure - probably some rubber & jubilee-clip arrangement - then measuing the resistance of different set-ups and the volume or other characteristics of the equipment: rather like - crudely - bhp fihgures for a car engine

this should simplify the discussions of comparability between different mouthpieces & reeds, and encourage reed manufacurers to produced a more consistent product

any thoughts?

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I could see the value here, but it seems like not all resistance is the same. Resistance from a hard reed is different from resistance due to a large tip opening, which is different from resistance due to a large chamber. I guess we could measure the "net resistance," but I'm not sure that it would necessarily tell us very much about the mouthpiece.
 

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Set up a control group and use that as the basis of measurement. Meyer 6, Plasticover 3, standard two screw metal ligature.
 

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I don't have the skills or equipment to set this up myself - I agree a reference set up would be the starting point & the one you describe would be a good basis

some posts elsewhere have been quite sophisticated in terms of engineering background - one on the mechanics of using or not using a sling with a soprano comes to mind

but it's surprising that anything like this never been tried?

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Well I guess that could work.

Over here we just call them hose clamps.

A guage to measure the psi or backpressure in a chamber before the hose contacts the mouthpiece could work I guess.

But it woud lbe difficult to measure exactly measure the resistance becuase of reed inconsistancies. Also to isolate resistances and the effects, you woudl need to have a large variety of reed strengths. As well as brands and multiple mouthpiece sizes for the same mouthpiece.

So in result you'd be testing hundreds of mouthpiece/reed combos to develop any sort of comprehensible data. But on the other hand you could also specificaly isolate either the reed or mouthpiece. And run multiple tests of differnet reed strengths for determine resistance varieties and such through out reed strenghts nad brands. And vise versa with mouthpieces running through the same reed brand and strength.


n theory it could be very useful. But realistically I don't know if its possible.
 
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