Topic: Connection between Bocal, instrument, reed and vibrato.
Through my relatively short playing career so far, I've avoided vibrato for the most part, making sure that i only add vibrato to my sound and tone after i feel secure enough with fundamentals, being in my second year of a performance degree, i've been gradually enhancing and developing my vibrato.
Through some trial and experimentation with bocals and alternate instruments, i was simply astonished at the difference an alternate bocal and instrument setup plays on ease of producing vibrato, and indeed the quality of that vibrato.
I currently play a relatively dodgey Conservatoire Heckel CD no.1 (N) that isn't particularly fun to play but it pitches well with my reeds.
I recently got to test out a Heckel CC no.1 English (British) bend (Z) that was amazing to say the least However the biggest change i found was the vibrato. It came more naturally, Sounded with greater quality, and all in all, was more enjoyable to play.
My question is : What have other people found to this affect? Is the bocal the biggest change to vibrato (outside of the player) or have others found that the instrument itself and/or reeds contribute equally as much?
Many thanks in Advance,