|This Page is from my old webpage design. The new one will be up very soon. Plese close the window when you're finished to get back to the new design. Here are some MP3s that hopefully show some of the differences in the tonewoods. The differences are subtle and hopefully your computer speakers can distinguish them. I have listed a short description of how I perceive these differences. However, "beauty is in the eye/ear of the beholder".
The 3 weissenborns were recorded by professional musician Jaret Carter. Who was gracious enough to take time from his hectic plying schedule to record these wonderful tracks. We recorded these tracks with a Shure KSM44 condensor mic into a Tascam digital 4-track. The mic was about 6 inches directly above the soundhole. There was some quality lost with the conversion to MP3, but they still sound great and are well worth a listen. Jaret played the same peice of music for the three Weissenborns in order to compare and contrast the tones better. The MP3s are about 2megs each so please be patient while they download. If you're on dial-up and would like smaller ones, please email me.
The Baritone Weiss was recorded by Pete Grant. I'm not sure of his recording setup. But, since he is also a professional musician I'm sure it is top notch. This is a wonderful recording and really highlights some of the versatility of the Baritone.
This wood has a very full sound and a lot of power. Nice harmonics and good overtones. Seem to have the best of both worlds when it comes to highs and lows.
I have heard nothing but great things from the owners of my Walnut weissenborns. They heve plenty of volume and great, smooth bass. The highs complement this wood and produces a smooth, tone. The one in this recording was very new. And while it might seem a bit bright in the recording, they usually mature by getting louder and a little deeper in tone.
What an amazing instrument. The bass rattling vibrations make it very fun to play. There is a ton of sound produced by the 30" scale length and the sustain seems to last for days. This one is made of Black Walnut which is a wonderful wood for these.
This wood is known to have many similarities to Koa and is a great substitute for Koa. The wood also costs about 1/2 less than Koa. Great, well balanced tone with nice volume and overtones. It has a very traditional sound like some of the earlier Koa weissenborns.