Posted by Lee A. Stofer, Jr. on December 19, 1999 at 19:31:23:
In Reply to: Acoustical reality of finishes posted by Matt Walters on December 18, 1999 at 18:30:59:
Thanks for sharing of your expertise on the subject. I have just a couple of comments. Stupid question? I'm glad the person asked, so they(and others) can learn something about the instrument. I'm glad, also, to learn of the Lawson experiments, which bore out exactly what I've advised people about finishes; that lacquer deadens upper overtones, especially epoxy, and that air-dry lacquer is more nearly like playing an unlacquered horn, and that bright silver plate does nothing to kill overtones. I'd like to see an experiment that included a satin-silver finish, too. But, as you said, there are so many variables that make as much, or more difference than the finish. And yes, when a customer is convinced that a certain finish will do this or that for him, he's "right".