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Offline DaveLeBlanc

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"Carbon Fiber" clarinet?
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:42:43 AM »
Backun recently popped out "the world's most technologically advanced clarinet."

This is made of cocobolo with a carbon fiber "shell." Looking at the pictures it appears to be at least 75% wood (and 100% wood where it matters, namely the bore). Only the outer "shell" is carbon fiber.

My question is - does the carbon fiber shell do anything at all for overall sound, tone, or timbre? Since it's mostly wood anyways, I feel like this will sound indistinguishable from a standard cocobolo wood clarinet from Backun.

What are your thoughts about the newest development in the clarinet world?
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Re: "Carbon Fiber" clarinet?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2019, 06:13:30 AM »
If the wood cracks, it'll be out of sight and out of mind.

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Re: "Carbon Fiber" clarinet?
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2019, 02:17:05 PM »
Maybe it's lighter?  That would be nice.  Even better if it were just a carbon fiber tube like a single wall metal clarinet.  I have sketches for that in my idea notebook....
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Re: "Carbon Fiber" clarinet?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2019, 06:39:30 PM »
I don 't get it.  You can get a great sound from a professionally finished instrument made from a number of different materials, including wood and carbon fiber as companies like Buffet prove daily. 

I feel like true progress would be eliminating the wood (some types of which some are endangered, and it's a material that cracks with some regularity) or fixing the issues with carbon fiber (i.e., that it breaks when submitted to sideways pressure).  This doesn't seem to fix either of those things....does it?

Where are the space age polymers or hard rubber compounds or something new entirely that brings clarinetting to the next level?