There is a donut shaped saxophone mute that was used by some of the French school players such as Marcel Mule. There is a description of one and some pictures in the book "The Art of Saxophone Playing" by Larry Teal. The mute eliminates some of the high frequency overtones in the sound giving the sax a darker, more mellow tone. An experiment could be done to record the sax with and without the mute, and using an ocilliscope or sound spectograph measure the difference in the overtones produced on notes in different registers of the sax. Just an idea.Matt C said:thanks for the ideas. my teacher is very particular about the project. he has already rejected 2 (non-sax) ideas of mine. the project can't just be explaining something, it has to be an experiment (and can't be very common). The acoustics of the auditorium might work, but i'd really like to do something more specific to sax. i do have a clarinet i can destroy if anyone has ideas about that...
"Sure. It has a parabolic bore!"Swingtone said:Maybe he could settle this issue once and for all - "Does the saxophone have a parabolic bore?"
If you use the search function, you'll see how heated this controversy has been on here in the past...
Y'know, I've actually done this for science class. You just reminded me.Dr G said:Put a used reed in a petri dish and see what grows. Title: Sax and Hygiene.
AWESOME link, man. Thanks for that. It's bookmarked now!jbtsax said:Matt, what a great idea. I did a high school science fair project on the acoustics of our school auditorium and I am still interested in acoustics 40 years later. My suggestion would be to go to this website http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/saxacoustics.html#acousticimpedance and learn all you can about saxophone acoustics first and then see if that generates any ideas for projects or experiments. Good luck.
I used a trashcan, myself .Matt C said:Thanks guys, i finally got a project approved, figuring out the best cleaner for reeds so if any of you have ideas or ways you do it, let me know