TIL Duke researchers have been trying to reverse-engineer vintage saxophone sound, using X-ray imaging and 3D printing. Saxophone mouthpieces from the 1930s to the 1960s were x-rayed and 3D printed but the conclusion was, “Using the same mouthpiece as Coltrane won’t make you sound like him”

Read more: https://today.duke.edu/2021/01/conjuring-coltrane

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  1. Using fingers like James Jamerson on bass won’t make you sound like him either, even if you play the same riffs. There is a reason he played on most of the Motown hits and it wasn’t because he could simply read music and play with his fingers. It’s art.

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