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Offline Airflyte

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Question about bore size . . . .
« on: June 20, 2013, 10:26:02 AM »
. . . . does the diameter of the bore have any effect on how \"free-blowing\" the instrument is? Would a mouth piece also have a significant effect?

I assume a larger bore would have less resistance but at the same time require more volume of air to produce the sound.
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RE: Question about bore size . . . .
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013, 04:13:08 PM »
Greetings to everyone from the Singapore Airport.

The wide bore clarinets do play a bit freer. The tone is also less centered.

The mouthpiece has a huge influence! It has much more to do with it than the bore. Someone who is shooting for a jazz clarinet will pretty much get the sound he wants. Having a wide bore clarinet may help, but certainly doesn\'t play a major part.

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RE: Question about bore size . . . .
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 12:04:24 AM »
I\'ve definitely experienced that wide bores are easier blowing, and can project and bend really well, where as narrow bores have a sweeter, more centred tone that gives you much better control over a range of dynamics.

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RE: Question about bore size . . . .
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2013, 04:23:02 AM »
I agree with what has been said....wider bores tend to be more free blowing  

I\'d also add that larger bores can give more flexibility in sound overall.  You could say that you can do more with them more easily in terms of dynamics and bending/shading notes.  

On the other hand, larger bores also tend to come with more intonation challenges than narrower bores.  So, larger bores could be considered a larger palette, however you actually have to know how to use and control that palette!