How expensive does my instrument need to be to make a sound optimization
answer: The value
of an instrument surely cannot only be expressed in numbers. Personal
preferences for an instrument that can only be topped by better
playability and sound behaviour are your keys for a decision.
If I get my guitar optimized, and afterwards, the whole attack responds
faster, does it mean, that it will then “bang about”
with every little touch?
answer: No, it doesn’t,
because increasing attack of a guitar means enhancing sensitivity
response, and that can only mean that it only “bangs about”
if you want it to do that.
Can I get my instrument optimized twice if I can afford it?
answer: No, it doesn’t
make sense, since the optimization process aims and achieves the
absolute and final de- dampened condition. It is different if you
need to re-optimize after a repair job that would raise new resonance
weaknesses, but in that case you don’t need to pay again.
it make more sense to optimize a cheaper instrument or should I
spent that same amount on a more expensive one?
answer: It is similar
to question number one. Normally the wish towards an optimized instrument
rises for the more experienced musician on a higher level; because
it takes time to experience how high instruments can actually perform
as well as the appropriate hear training. Still, it should not be
under estimated how much a perfectly responding instrument can help
in the actual leaning process - may be here, the teacher should
decide for his pupil. However, taking a look at the market considering
the average rise in value for money, you probably get more out with
a sound optimization – there is no doubt what so ever once
you reach the master class.
I listen a lot to music and also owe a big stereo – I also
play several hours a day. Is it possible to achieve the same effect
of a sound optimization by placing my guitar right in front of the
speakers every time I don’t play?
answer: No –
in few cases an instrument will be played in as well, putting it
in front of the speakers, like Leo Kottke , can help – this
effect is known to professional rock musicians as well as to orchestra
musicians. The sound optimization is a physical treatment with a
final result that has been developed for musicians who rather get
to play then spending time on pioneering work outs.
If I have my guitar sound optimized, will everybody hear immediately
when I play bad?
answer: *lol* - it
is called sound optimization not sound disguise – and it’s
not a question of stile either. Sound optimization optimizes instruments
and not musicians nor the image. Some, however, will get the impression
that they play better; this is an effect that results on the new
sensitivity of the instrument – a symbiosis so to say –
real inspiration most often rises to musicians that have mastered
their instrument long before and suddenly find new open doors on
their well known instruments.
Can only stringed instruments be optimized ?
answer: No –
- question: Can the
sound optimization help me to learn my instrument faster ?
answer: possibly –
Would I fulfil myself the wish to have a ´57 Telecaster by
going out and by a regular new model and have it sound optimized
afterwards? How close do I really get to the original?
answer: If the materials
are the same! Some wood or in particular the pickups as they were
used in the 50´models simply aren’t around anymore.
PU´s happen to oxidize within the years to their own sound
advantage; sound optimization can not take influence on this but
it certainly does on the probably most impressing phenomena of such
an old instrument, its very oscillating behaviour. If wood and PU´s,
for example those who imitate the sound of the old originals, are
chosen carefully, the sound optimization is most probably the closest
step towards the imitated original.
- question: I owe a
piano that does not stay in tune very long – I asked around
and found out that others stay in tune better. Because it is a very
nice piece I would like to keep it, its actual sound is not so bad
after all. Can the sound optimization help to make the piano stay
in tune better?
answer: there is a whole
lot of different reasons that can cause an instrument to loose tune,
not the least the actual treatment of the player – but yes –
the sound optimization will take influence on it as well as on the
over all sound, same as with every other instrument.