The Structure of the Saxophone
[Experiment1]What is the relation of the taper to the tone?
Performing a sound experiment
As was stated previously, changing the taper (the degree of graduation) changes the timbre and pitch of the instrument, but in what way? We used a mouthpiece and paper to find out.
- Make three cones with different tapers.
* Paper that is moisture resistant is best.
- Attach the mouthpiece so that it fits perfectly without gaps.
- Attach the reed and ligature.
* Set it up like you would on the saxophone.
- Blow on it to make a sound and . . . .
* This recording was made during the experiment so the actual tone might be different.
The pitch and tone of the sound will change dramatically depending on the person and the playing style, but this recording is a comparison with the same person using the same style. The larger the taper, the brighter the tone became. The pitch seemed to become slightly lower, but pitch can drop even more just with the style of playing, so this cannot be said to be significant.