things changeNovember 21 2006 at 4:26 PM
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Response to In view of that, it seems a bit perverse that these companies would choose to release...
In addition to the problems Thomas already mentioned, another serious issue is the mutability of the many mechanisms that contribute the sound. There are a variety of adjustments that can be made to control the strength of the hammer strike and the amount of hammer recoil and these adjustments require precision in the extreme if optimal sound is desired. They also have to be coupled with the optimal striking point on the gongs which need to be precisely tuned so as to avoid dissonant overtones or cancelling frequencies upon decay and all of these parts are made of metals with various and conflicting tempering and hysteresis concerns that all change over time even in a stable environment, much less in a tiny metal box that is subjected to a great number of shocks and temperature changes. It's amazing they ever work and sound good actually.