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faq : frequently asked questions on sound optimization

  1. question : How expensive does my instrument need to be to make a sound optimization worth while?
    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.
  2. question: 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.
  3. question: 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.
  4. question: Does 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.
  5. question: 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.
  6. question: 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.
  7. question: Can only stringed instruments be optimized ?
    answer: No – all!!
  8. question: Can the sound optimization help me to learn my instrument faster ?
    answer: possibly – yes
  9. question: 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.
  10. 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.















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