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Levings, K. .
Preliminary Results of CLSM Cell Wall Study Using Known Resonant and Non-Resonant Woods Specific to the Bassoon
Traditionally bassoons are manufactured from either African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) or maple (Acer nigrum, A. pseudoplatanus, A. rubrum, and A. saccharum). Other woods have been tested only rarely because of the cost and time needed to reproduce an instrument. Fox Products Corporation created a bassoon entirely out of black walnut (Juglans nigra); sound could be projected in the workroom but not on stage. Because the vibrating column of air initiated by the double reed only comes into direct contact with the tangential and radial faces, I hypothesized that cell wall properties categorize resonant and non-resonant wood. Using the confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM), herbarium and fresh slides stained with different dyes were analyzed. Preliminary results indicate that indeed some property/properties of the cell walls characterize resonant bassoon woods.
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1 - University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Forest Sciences, School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, PO Box 757200, 303 O\'Neill, Fairbanks, AK, 99775-7200
Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM