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Überhorn Project Update 4:


At this point, we've made three bodies. Well, actually we made two bodies and the third one is a piece of electrical conduit. What we wanted to know was how the body sounds when it is various different tapers. We also wanted to know how the body taper affects the pitch in relation to tone holes. Additionally, we wanted to know what different materials would sound like, as well as different material thicknesses.

We predicted when making the different tapers that the straight pipe would play most like a clarinet, the classic saxophone taper would play like a saxophone, and the extreme taper might just be crazy. Well, that's pretty much what we got. The straight pipe plays like a bass clarinet, the classic saxophone taper plays with the characteristic saxophone tone, and the extreme taper plays with more saxophone tone than a saxophone.

I must admit, I'm so interested in intonation of saxophones that I want to continue my intonation testing on these different tapers. I'm going to cut some holes in the different tapers and make some tone holes. With the tone holes in place, I will be able to play different tones and check octave intonation as well as response. I believe that it very well may be possible to give two tapers to a saxophone, possibly even in a parabolic way (yeah I said that!), with the goal of allowing me to control tone and intonation somewhat separately. I believe that response is going to be a big factor as well and it is also something I would like to have control over.

So the next step for me is going to be about making a tone hole, checking intonation, and combining various tapers to achieve the ideal tonal and intonation results.

I have several thoughts on what I want. One goal is to give the top end of the saxophone a richer darker sound.  Next, a brighter more cutting sound independent of the low-end of the saxophone.  Then, I want it to get progressively darker and warmer or progressively bigger and fatter. I just want to gain control of it. Hopefully we can do that and make the horn play wonderfully in-tune.