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Volume 127, Issue 2, February 2010
- MUSIC AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 
127(2010); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3277221View Description Hide Description
The propagation of finite-amplitude waves inside a slide trombone is studied through direct pressure measurements corresponding to dynamic extremes. A two-microphone method is used to separate left-moving and right-moving waves inside the trombone, permitting the detection of nonlinear effects associated with progressive waves. It is found that a redistribution of energy across the spectrum toward the higher-frequencies occurs for large distances and high initial pressure levels. These results are consistent with the theory of weakly nonlinear acoustics and also with those reported in this same context by other authors, but which have been obtained mostly through examination of standing-waves.