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Cello, acousic guitar, sound isolation

Just wanted to comment that I play (flamenco) guitar (non-professional) and have been using Vibrapods with blue tack at the points where the guitar contacts my body. Result, same as with audio equipment: clearer bass, highs, mids, less muddy, overall big sound improvement.
Recently, my girlfriend got a carbon fiber endpin for her cello (the leg that anchors the cello to the floor.) The result: not as good as her metal endpin in her room, but better sound in the orchestral room. (Room acoustics!)
Intrigued, I made her a (crude)wooden endpin terminating it with a brass tip. I have not heard it in the orchestral hall, but in her room the sound is much fuller than either the metal or the carbon fiber.
Further intrigued, She also has a rubber "stop" on the floor that holds the endpin in place (keeps it from sliding around) that is kind of like a hockey puck with a half inch hole in the center, but because it is made of rubber I had a hunch the sound might suffer.
I ended up making a stop using a Barry Controls sound isolator that I got from ebay. Again, big improvement in sound: bass, mids, clearer and FULL, more sonorous.
I just don't understand why there is not more of a market for improving sound on instruments. Many musicians are now using carbon fiber instruments like violins, and endpins for cellists, but there are many other ways to improve the sound quality!
PS, I have been experimenting with the Barry controls (google images?)and find some applications work and some less so. They sound great under my Dunlavy speakers and are pretty good under components, but NOT so good under the turntable or the subwoofers. YMMV, Thanks!

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Topic - Cello, acousic guitar, sound isolation - Ric 07:34:48 02/15/16 (3)


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