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Dec 19, 2022 - 8:51:27 PM

196 posts since 12/27/2019

Sr. Tom Meisenheimer , yo tambien!

Dec 20, 2022 - 3:41:51 AM

4705 posts since 9/7/2009

Sr. Tom Meisenheimer , yo tambien!

Everyone else, "Me TOO!"

Dec 20, 2022 - 5:57:07 AM



3467 posts since 10/23/2004

Here's my version of a easy, cheap and fun improvement to make someone's banjo's sound better...


Dec 21, 2022 - 7:31:10 AM

201 posts since 4/19/2011

didn't know that. Don't know how to access ASCII (?)

Dec 21, 2022 - 1:34:28 PM
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728 posts since 10/23/2003

that might cover 20 years of my participation in the Hangout
Originally posted by thefoxden

I need to learn to read threads before I post on them. I’m never going to get that 15 minutes back.

Dec 21, 2022 - 3:27:15 PM

3584 posts since 10/17/2009

Originally posted by yellowdog

OK, I'll try one more time.

Do you think that the surfaces of musical instruments do not move when the instrument is played when everything in nature is always moving whether you see it moving or not? (If it is not moving it must be at absolute zero.) Pretty cold banjo!

If the surfaces are moving how are they moving? Up and down? What is connecting the up and down? How does the surface move from down to up? Could it be like a wave, smoothly moving up and down?

What kind of wave? It would have to be a wave of energy if the surface is moving since it is not absolute zero.

Where is there any energy on a banjo when it is played?

Mostly on the strings!

Could it be that the the energy on the surfaces of a banjo being played come from the moving strings?

Where else could it come from unless you're singing.

Where is energy on the banjo when it is played and you're not singing?

On the strings!

Would the waves on the surfaces of a banjo be like the waves on the strings?

Why would they be any different?

Good point!


None of thar really "explains". Not much more than over simplification and vague at best; and some just wrong, leading to jumping to wrong conclusions. Certainly, you've posted nothing that then explains what "new" discovery, in how your devices are supposed to function... if at all. (nor explains failure)

Would the waves on the surfaces of a banjo be like the waves on the strings?

Simple answer is no, and this points to very basic of how you are not understanding, and getting wrong.

Why would they be any different?

That's a legitimate question, if sincere want to better understand. But not easy to answer with a sentence or two, or even paragraph; esp if your starting point seems incredibly vague of what you understand, or pin down exactly what you are getting wrong. There are excellent books, and even online resources.

Briefly, what might want to start with (related to above); is understanding there are different types of waves and functions; direction, transverse vs longitudinal; how the string function is a simple harmonic oscillator, but rest of banjo (bridge, neck, tone ring, pot) are different, propagation, transmission; then to how sound board works in yet another way. (oh, and that none of these are just on "surface", but involve or travel thru the entire mass of the component); and then how resonator chamber is yet another. As pointed out, energy (along with mass and velocity) and amount involved in each part, part and function... and aspects of impedance and dampening; reflection/absorption/diffusion in different waves and components. As can see it's much more complex. These would be good place to start.


Of, course the other part is to simply test your concept understanding by doing hands on tests; as I did, blind A/B type are good, to help reduce potential bias. This can be a quick way to at least point that getting concepts wrong, need to go back to the books.

Dec 22, 2022 - 4:42:28 AM

3080 posts since 12/4/2009


Sound is the movement of air. Ether was an 18th century view of space. Space is the absence of a contained medium of air. Ether was debunked. Spinning worlds keep a atmosphere working.

With this device attached to the peghead, it is at the furthest point from any sound making components. The strings vibrate all along their length and up to the sound posts. Each will be at a specific frequency. Tape and paper are both mute material.

Claim: attaching paper with tape to the peghead increases the magnitude in decibels by greater than 0.

The mathematical model has not been established with the claim to increase decibels. Decibels takes power. Did the participants really strike the strings the same way? If so, how was this measured?

We all establish our own criteria of acceptance with our modifications to our banjos. At least with this one, it can be removed.

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