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Thread: Tonerite vs. Massager

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    Default Tonerite vs. Massager

    Has anyone tried just sticking a personal massager like this: http://www.meritline.com/handheld-vi...?source=fghdac in their uke case to help it open up? Is that so different from what tonerite does. I know they have different versions for ukes and other instruments, but I would think that the differences have to do with size, as opposed to the frequency of vibration, but I could be wrong.

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    If you play your uke on a regular basis, it will open up on it's own. If you have a new uke that you won't be able to play much before a gig where you want it to sound it's best, then I'd just stick it in front of a speaker. I wouldn't want to risk anything near my uke that vibrates that much for an extended period of time. You may cause more harm than good.

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    Hey, I'm taking about this: http://tonerite.com/. It's been discussed on the forum before. Some swear by it, but it's quite expensive.

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    What? Huh?

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    Besides playing a uke to open it up, I put it in front of a stereo speaker with James or Jake playing.
    I hope that besides getting the top vibrating, I can blast some notes into the uke.
    The latter has not worked, but I keep hoping.
    Keep Strummin'

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    Wow, maybe I should put that bridge up for sale again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepetergal View Post
    Wow, maybe I should put that bridge up for sale again.


    Agreed! Smoke & mirrors, snake oil, etc.

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    Just to represent the 'other' side...

    I've been using a ToneRite (Guitar model but works OK on the uke) for a few months now and I definitely hear and feel a difference in those ukes that I've been conditioning.

    Just remember that the 'conditioning' doesn't make a mediocre uke great, only as 'good' as it can be. That being said, some of MY ukes, at least, did benefit from the continued conditioning and over time, did seem, to me at least, to 'open up'.

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    Seems to me this ToneRite thing is a bit of a gadget. And it's probably like most gadgets in that it may not actually do anything to improve things, but also won't do any harm.

    The massager is another thing altogether. I would think that may be a bad idea.
    I got my wife, my dogs, and my Kanile'a. What else would I need?

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    Heeeere we go again... <fetches popcorn>
    I'm not entirely convinced that it is possible to polish a turd. However, if one were to accomplish that feat one would still have a turd, and one all the more noticeable for being shiny.

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    The tonerite is controversial, indeed, as is the entire notion of an instrument 'opening up'. Many swear that it happens--many on this board, in fact. Some have even offered an explanation for what it occurs. If it's true that an instrument does open up, then the tonerite probably does help; however, that's not to say that it's worth the price or couldn't be accomplished more cheaply. I've never seen a tonerite in person, but my guess is that it's a very light vibration. Anyhow, don't mean to open up a can of worms--sorry about that. The original thread wasn't so much about the efficacy of tonerite, but more whether if it works, whether it can be replicated more cheaply.
    Last edited by ukeykondo; 01-04-2012 at 10:54 AM.

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