Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The science of musical sounds
Miller, Dayton Clarence
this fact is well known and commonly made use of in connec¬ 
tion with certain classes of instruments, its truthfulness is 
often denied by the devotees of other instruments. The 
question of the influence of the material of which the body 
tube of a flute is made has not been settled after more than 
seventy years of widespread discussion. How does the tone 
from a gold or silver 
flute differ from that of 
a wooden flute? It was 
this specific question 
that suggested the in¬ 
vestigations which, 
having passed much be¬ 
yond the original in¬ 
quiry, have furnished 
the material upon 
which this course of lec- 
tures is based. 
The following experi¬ 
ments, suggested by 
those of Schafhäutl 
(Munich, 1879),71 indi¬ 
cate the great changes 
in the tone of an organ 
pipe which may be pro¬ 
duced by effects pass¬ 
ing through the walls.72 Three organ pipes are provided, 
as shown in Fig. 133. The first pipe, of the ordinary type 
used in physical experiments, is made of wood and sounds 
the tone G2 = 192. Two pipes having exactly the same 
internal dimensions as the wooden one are made of sheet zinc 
about 0.5 millimeter thick. One of the zinc pipes has been 
Fig. 133. Organ pipes for demonstrating 
the influence of the walls on the tone.


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