Handbook of Materials for Wind Musical Instruments

  • Voichita Bucur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Voichita Bucur
    Pages 1-6
  3. Voichita Bucur
    Pages 7-123
  4. Description of Materials for Wind Instruments

  5. Basic Acoustics of Wind Instruments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Voichita Bucur
      Pages 337-358
    3. Voichita Bucur
      Pages 425-441
  6. Manufacturing of Wind Instruments

  7. About the Durability and Degradation of Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 615-615
    2. Voichita Bucur
      Pages 707-786
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 801-819

About this book


This book addresses key questions about the materials used for the wind instruments of classical symphony orchestra such as flutes, clarinets, saxophones, oboes, bassoons and pipe organs. The content of this book is structured into four parts.

Part 1- Description of materials for wind instruments deals with wood species and materials for reeds used for making clarinet, oboe and bassoon- and, with metallic materials and alloys for - horn, trumpet, trombone, etc. Auxiliary materials associated with the manufacturing of wind instruments are felt, cork, leather and parchment.

Part 2- Basic acoustics of wind instruments, in which are presented succinctly, some pertinent aspects related to the physics of the resonant air column. An important aspect discussed is related to the effect of wall material on the vibration modes of the walls of wind instruments. The methods for measuring the acoustical properties of wind instruments are presented.

Part 3- Manufacturing of wind instruments, describes the technology used in manufacturing metallic tubes and pipes made of wood.

Part 4 - The durability and degradation of materials addresses data about methods for cleaning wind instruments, studies factors producing degradation of organ pipes, describes methods of conservation and restoration of brass instruments and of historical pipe organs. Finally, the properties of marble are described, being the only one nondegradable and sustainable material used for pipes for organs.


vibration modes wind instruments materials degradation Wood science Conservation of wind musical instruments Cleaning of wind musical instruments reed driven instruments

Authors and affiliations

  • Voichita Bucur
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ScienceRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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