Re: Comb Material [revisited]
- Subject: Re: Comb Material [revisited]
- From: Markburness@xxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 19:45:25 EST
What the hell is the point of this thread?
How will it be determined if there is a "factual" basis for stating that
there is a difference in tone regarding materials other than using your ears?
I can't believe any musician would use any other parameter.
If it is "scientifically and factually" proven that a comb made from an
Aardvark's earwax has unique and beneficial tonal qualities will you and
everyone else switch to this material?
I can gladly concede that the listener can have a hard time determining one
material from another (however in my own experience anyone who would stand
still long enough was subjected to a blind A/B test as I played acoustically
through 2 otherwise identical harps all came to the same conclusion) but what
actually matters is what the player hears. If you like it, you will have a
comfort level that will allow you to play better. This is the factor that
should be influencing your desicion re. comb material..."Does it sound good
No matter how much someone wants to try and tell me that material A is
superior to material B (and I've tried all the "off the shelf" and a couple
of esoteric materials) I will continue to play what I prefer, rather than
struggle with a machine/someone elses verdict as to what "IS BEST".
For the record, I and most of the players I know, (and this is a fact, as in
it "is a fact that I like chocolate ice cream") seem to hear a difference in
materials...not only wood vs plastic etc., but types of wood (openess of
grain), wood sealed with wax and wood sealed with varathane. However, I am
happy that when on the other end of the sound, the same guys would be hard
pressed to tell when they switched from A to B.
Oh, hell now I've gone and gotten involved.....
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