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Comparative Analysis of Brass Wind Instruments With an Artificial Mouth: First Results

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We have developed in the past "artificial mouths" to study the behaviour of brass wind instruments (trumpet, trombone) in the playing situation, but without a musician. After using such devices to better understand the physical phenomena involved in brass instruments, we have built and used a new artificial mouth with the objective to test and set up instruments; the artificial mouth is considered here as a "test bench". In this article, we describe the typical measurements that we have carried out on trumpets, in order to compare them (measurements of oscillation threshold, evolution of the playing frequency according to the dynamic level). As a first result, the artificial mouth allows one to show noticeable differences between instruments. We propose next some research paths which could be explored in order to better control the quality of instruments and, in the future, to introduce the use of an artificial mouth in the design process of brass instruments.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2003

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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