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Re: Buzz Feiten - Tuners - Smoke and Mirrors?

12/1/2000 9:37 AM
Bob Predaina
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Re: Buzz Feiten - Tuners - Smoke and Mirrors?
quote:
"What NOBODY did before BF, was to put together a set of Compromises to make the Guitar a "WELL TEMPERED" instrument"
 
 
the fretted instruments are all built to even-tempered specifications. the fret-to-fret distances calculated using the Rule-of-18 by mathematical definition yield an even-tempered instrument. strictly speaking, everyone has been doing this for centuries.  
 
what Howard actually did in his 1.5% and 2.0% modifications to the Rule of 18 was to come up with a quality control process that took an even-tempered instrument and made it a bit more well-tempered.  
 
with regard to luthiers' use of fret-compensation techniques, it all boils down to art vs. science. people who manually adjust nuts using skill, art, and craftsmanship don't have to pay Howard any royalties. OTOH, people who program their CNC machines with mathematical formulae that follow Howard's modified rules have to pay royalties. It all boils down to whether or not your're using precision automated machinery that uses his patented formula.  
 
quote:
"I know what you mean about a Polyphonic Strobe, BUT ALL Strobe are Polyphonic in one sence, and that, along with the high resolution is what make a Strobe that great, when you play a note into the strobe It shows not only that note but the Harmonics too"
 
 
you're right on target there. you definitely can see the harmonics on the strobe dial. by polyphonic strobes, i was referring to a unit like the Peterson SC-5000, which has 12-rotating strobe dials, corresponding to all 12 notes in the scale. with one of those, you can really see what's going on when you're playing chords. some musicians use them in order to visually and aurally refine their chording techniques.  
 
quote:
"for example, select a E in the strobe, but play (and Tune) a B, you'll see the pattern in the screen, if the E string was in tune, then when you play the B (keeping the E selected in the strobe), it should show you it's detuned about 2 cents"
 
 
i've stumbled across that as well. sometimes, when you're using the automatic note selection feature of the Peterson 490, the tuner may have trouble automatically telling whether you're tuning the B or the high E strings.

 
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Martin P Cool, is not easy to find people th... -- 12/1/2000 2:36 PM