THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1950
CRAFTSMAN AIDS 'U' PROF.:
Sour Clarinet Sweetened by Inventors
By LEONARD GREENBAUM
Another Michigan first has solv-
ed a problem that has been irking
the musical world for 260 years,
the sour B-flat in the clarinet.
Prof. William H. Stubbins of the
School of Music and Frank L. Kas-
par, one of the leading craftsman
of woodwind instruments, have
provided the solution by adding
an extra hole in the back of the
THIS HOLE, .together with a
mechanical device to open and
close it, is the result of three years
of research and application by
the two inventors.
Oddly enough, Prof. Stubbins
does not hold a degree in mu-
sic. He graduated from the Uni-
versity of Chicago in 1936 with
a bachelor's degree in philoso-
phy and took his master's in the
same subject here at the Uni-
His musical experience, how-
ever,*has been long and varied.
Starting at an early age he has
been playing the clarinet on a
professional basis. He was staff
clarinetist at radio station WGM,
has played with the Chicago Sym-
phony orchestra, with innumer-
able concert bands and with Jack
Hilton's and Wayne King's or-
* * *.
IN THE ACADEMIC field Prof.
Stubbins has taught at the Uni-
versity of Chicago, was band con-
ductor at Belloit College, Wiscon-
sin and has been teaching at the
University since 1938.
An amateur physicist and
acoustician, he has devoted the
majority of his time toward im-
proving the clarinet, which is
now the focal point of his life,
From 1943 to 1946 he served as
a deck officer in the Navy, took
part in the invasion and subse-
quent occupation of Okinawa and
IAU Play Tryouts
The Inter Arts Union has issued
a call for campus actors and a
costumier for their production of
Jean Cocteau's "The Infernal Ma-
Tryout meetings are scheduled
for 7:30 p.m. today in Rm. 3D of
the Union, 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in
the Rehearsal room of the League
and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, in Rm.
.A of the Union.
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may now apply for an immediate
commission in the Naval Reserve,
regardless of whether or not they
have had any previous military
training, according to Col. William
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Science and Tactics.
Under a new directive just is-
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Naval Operations, students apply-
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To Prof. Stubbins his invention
is noteworthy not only as an ad-
vancement in the field of music,
but also as a contrast to much of
current research in atomic war-
fare and mass destruction.
* '* *
EVER SINCE the clarinet was
developed in 1690 and later intro-
duced into the orchestral family
by Mozart, the overtones have
been weak and off key.
The sour notes creep in be-
cause one hole, the register key,
has been used for two purposes
-B flat and the upper register.
A size which is right for the
upper register is too small for the
B flat and vice versa.
Research to find the answer has
been going on for centuries both
here and abroad with no results
previous to Prof. Stubbin's inven-
The hole which he added, when
opened simultaneously with the
speaker key, produces the proper
B flat. The speaker key can then
be made acoustically correct for
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THE INVENTION has been pat-
ented as the "S-K mechanism"
after the initials of its two in-
ventors, Prof. Stubbins and Kas-
par, both of whom hold half inter-
Despite a loss of royalty profits
they have not as yet released the
patent. for manufacture. Rather
than make it available solely
through one company they want
to release it generally to all clari-
The S-K mechanism can be
attached to any good clarinet
now being used. It has already
found wide acceptance among,
several major symphony orches-
Kaspar plans to retire before the
end of the year and come to Ann
Arbor where he and Prof. Stub-
bins will continue research in ord-
er to improve woodwind instru-
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