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Both instruments (as well as all single- and double-reeded instruments and all brass instruments) behave as tubes closed at one end. The difference is that saxophone (and all other reeds) are conical, whereas the clarinet is cylindrical. For a conical tube closed at one end, the fundamental wavelength is twice the length of the tube (Actually, it's a bit ...


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You pointed out the reason. The clarinet acts as a stopped pipe. An open pipe has a node (little air movement) at each end and an anti-node (lots of air movement) at the middle (or maybe I've got this backwards; check the physics of wind instruments pages.) Thus the clarinet's fundamental wavelength is twice the pipe length and the saxophone's is equal to ...


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@Tim offers very good advice, try each one out if you have the opportunity to. If you can’t do that first remember everyone is a beginner on every instrument when they first start. Some instruments may be a little harder than others at first but rather than use that as your criteria for making a choice, instead ask yourself: Which one appeals to me more? ...


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