By Roger Siminoff Building for consistently good tone is the focus of this book and DVD from expert Roger Siminoff. The DVD demonstrates tap-tuning and helps you identify tones. Includes a 1925 essay by Lloyd Loar. 48 pages, softcover.
“Tap tuning” is the art of adjusting the resonant frequency of each wooden component to an ideal harmonious pitch.
Well-known for his studies of instrument acoustics, Siminoff guides the builder through the process of adjusting the soundboard, back and air chamber for a rich, sonorous voice. The goal: building acoustic stringed instruments with consistently good tonal response. A 50-minute DVD is included to demonstrate the procedure and help you identify the tapped tones.
The principles in this photo-illustrated book can be applied to most stringed instruments: mandolins, violins, guitars, ukuleles, pianos and more.
Contents in brief
Fundamentals of sound pressure and vibration transmission
Factors that affect tuning
Tap tuning rationale and tuning the air chamber
Tuning and voicing the top, back and tone bars to pitch; soundboard loading
Where to tap
Effects of finishes on tuning
Strobe tuners; interpreting the tone
Deflection in adjustable and fixed-bridge instruments