Trumpet design and acoustical characteristics

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Abstract / Description of output

Historically, designs for brasswind have been developed by instrument makers rather than scientists; until recently bore profiles have been arrived at by trial and error rather than through engineering. With only a handful of exceptions, all patents relating to brass instruments have been for mechanical features such as valves rather than features of the bore profile, although the importance of the latter has long been recognized. This paper outlines the authors' approach to an objective historical study of the acoustical design of instrument models through acoustical and physical measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrass Scholarship in Review
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Historical Brass Society Conference Cité de la Musique, Paris 1999
EditorsStewart Carter
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPendragon Press
Pages251-274
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-1-57647-105-0
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameBucina: the HistoricBrass Society series
PublisherPendragon Press
Volume6

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • trumpet
  • acoustics

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