Although I normally answer questions that musicians ask me privately, I think it's interesting to share with you some of their questions and of course also their answers.
As in this case, in which a musician who plays the horn with a mouthpiece from my symphony series model 20R21 With the rounded S rim, you ask me if it could be that when using two rims with different shapes (rounded or semi-flat) on your mouthpiece, you have the feeling that the measurement of the inside diameter of the ring changes. Specifically when using the semi-flat F rim, you have the feeling that the measurement of the inner diameter of the rim is smaller than when using the rounded S rim.
It is evident that if we modify any part of the shape of the rim, without modifying the diameters, we will have very different sensations, but can we also have the feeling that the measurement of the internal diameter of the rim changes, that it is larger or smaller, just modifying the shape of the rim?
Don't miss the following video in which, through highly graphic and visual examples, we represent this situation and reveal whether this feeling can really have a logical explanation!
I look forward to your comments, greetings and lots of music!
PS: We talked about the measurement of the inner ring in the blog entry of Nozzling No. 10 and the point of maximum pressure or climax in the blog entry of Nozzling No. 5, if you have not seen them, do not miss it to have a broader vision of the topic we are talking about today.
Below, you will find the transcription of the video to text in case it may be of interest to you to have its content in writing or you want to translate it into another language:
Hello friends and friends how are you?
Today we solve a question that a musician asks me.
In this case he plays the French horn with a mouthpiece from my symphony series model 20R21 with the rounded S rim (this one here) and now he has tried the same mouthpiece with a semi-flat F rim and the question he asks me is why? With the same model of mouthpiece with the semi-flat ring F, the feeling you have is that the internal diameter of the ring is smaller?
Thank you for your query and with this question and with the answer that I will give, I will start as another section within the boquilleando blog.
Normally I give the answer to the questions that they ask me privately, but I think it is interesting to be able to share them with all of you. Without further ado, we begin!
The answer that I will give works for all instruments, it does not matter if they are mouthpieces as in this case for horn, they can be for tuba, trumpet or trombone, the sensation with the change in the shape of the rim will be exactly the same for all instruments.
On the board we have two mouthpieces, in this case a horn, with the same inner and outer diameter of the rim, the same cup and we only change the shape of the ring, this image is with the rounded S rim and this other image with the F ring more semi-flat hoop.
Let's recall the situation: a horn player who plays with the rounded S rim has tried the same mouthpiece with the semi-flat F rim and the feeling he has is that with the F rim the diameter of the inside of the rim is smaller.
It is clear that if we modify any part of the shape of the rim, without modifying the diameters, we will have very different sensations, but can we also have the sensation that the measurement of the internal diameter of the rim changes us, whether it is larger or smaller, just modifying the shape of the ring?
Now in the image we have represented the two rims: ring F, and, with some points, rim S.
I draw in the image a line that, let's say, is the lip. Here we have the S rim that is rounded, and a slightly flatter F rim. If you look at the rounded S rim, the point of maximum contact is more towards the outside, while the F rim, a more semi-flat rim, the point of contact with the lip is more towards the inside of the rim and this can give us the sensation, And it's not just a feeling, but it's real, that the diameter with the F ring is smaller.
The diameter of the rim is measured further into the mouthpiece, it is not measured where we rest the mouthpiece, but the sensation that it will give us with the change in the shape of the ring may be that the feeling of the diameter of the rim has changed us
The answer to the question is clearly yes. The point of maximum pressure can vary as we have seen depending on the shape of the rim, giving a real sensation, which can also change the inner diameter of the ring.
A note: When I talk about the point of maximum contact or pressure, I also refer to this point as the culminating point on some occasions.
Today we have seen that changing the shape of the rim can also change the feeling we have of the inner diameter of the rim. With a rounded ring the feel is that the inner diameter of the rim is larger and with a flatter inner rim shape the feel will be that the inner diameter of the rim is smaller. I hope I have solved this question.
Well friends and friends, I wait for you in the next Boquilleando blog. Do not miss it!
I'm Toni Romera and I look forward to your questions and comments.
Greetings and lots of music!
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