- Mar 30, 2009
Perhaps you could test your theory that wooden musical instruments are actually rigid structures? If they are rigid, how do they work to create music? Most wooden musical instruments have rigid and vibrating components. In stringed instruments, are the strings sound sources which manipulate the wooden top and backs to turn the sound energy into music? If the sound source from the strings do not manipulate the wooden structure of the instrument, how does it work?
The point is that rigid structures can be vibrated to generate sound as musical instruments. After the instrument stops vibrating after a chord or play session, it returns back to its original form. You haven't caused a permanent change to the wood structure, but merely allowed it to vibrate lightly and spring back. Like how a diving plank springs back to its original shape after someone bends it.
However, in order for Tonerite to do what it claims, it would make a permanent & irreversible change to the structure of wood to cause the instrument to "open up" as claimed. Ageing and drying does affect the wood structure a bit, which is probably why an instrument's tone seemingly changes over time; but I think it has nothing to do with how much it is played. Applying vibration to emulate it being played more won't do anything.
Regarding your comments about scientific testing, any formal, credible testing should be done in a controlled environment with a proper experimental design, equipment and peer review. Any personal testing done would be purely anecdotal in nature, as are the claims of individuals who have tested it themselves. By the same token, many sham therapies like healing crystals and "miracle" vitamin products have lots of anecdotal evidence that they work.
I don't need to personally test homeopathic treatments or healing crystals in my own backyard experiments to express the opinion that they don't work beyond placebo effect. The premise that Tonerite or "playing instruments improve the wood structure" is based on the same kind of logical fallacy. It's a bold claim, but no scientific explanation to back it up. It's too premature even to do an experiment, because before you even design the experiment you need to start with at least a hypothesis on why you believe it would work.
Lastly, not everything needs to be tested in order to draw a conclusion.
For example, lets say someone makes the claim that red coloured guitars play faster than sunburst finish guitars.
Does something like this actually need to be tested, or can we infer from known scientific concepts?
As I've mentioned before, for Tonerite to work it requires a force sufficient to permanently and irreversibly change solid wooden structures. The logical conclusion is that if the device was indeed powerful enough to cause permanent change to the wood structure, it would be destructive and impractical at yielding the desired effect. It is not possible to attune powerful soundwaves with the god-like level of finesse in such a way that it specifically improves musical tone; not even on one specific instrument, let alone being applicable to all instruments of that type. This goes against the second law of thermodynamics among other physical aspects involved.