amezcua wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:23 pm
Subjective impressions would be less valuable than scientific comparisons .
I disagree...if a careful evaluation of the playing action, i.e., the right hand feel with respect to finger resistance to a stroke and the return of the string to neutral position is made, a player can decide individually on the benefits (if any) and effect of using string ties on a particular instrument. In this case, an N=1 comparison (subjective comparisons to a baseline) is most likely to be more valuable. Personally, I have not been able to attribute sonic changes as originating so much from the string, saddle, tie-block break angle ( as these might influence the sound of the instrument) rather, the changes have to do with the effect of the string tie "break angle" on my playing action, as in to do with the string vibration response and security of right hand feel. This is only of course true for me on my instruments. Others may have completely opposite results. Changing the break angle by altering the saddle/bridge configuration can be assessed in a similar fashion (though more time consuming), but again I think that an individual, N=1 approach is most likely to be more valuable.