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ERIC Number: EJ1031911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Mouthpiece and Bell Effects on Trombone Resonance
LoPresto, Michael C.
Physics Teacher, v52 n1 p26-29 Jan 2014
The effects of the mouthpiece and bell on the frequencies of the vibrating air column in a trombone can be demonstrated quite readily by first calculating the expected resonant frequencies of a piece of PVC pipe that is the same length as a trombone, then replacing portions of the PVC pipe of the same length with first a cup-shaped mouthpiece and then a flaring-bell section of a trombone. The trombone components used were from a new pBone plastic trombone that is not only much less expensive than a regular instrument, which is made mostly of brass, but also features components that are much lighter than those of a conventional brass trombone and is therefore easier to work with.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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