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Posted by David Bice on March 05, 2002 at 13:25:56:
I hope this information will be of interest. We produce carbon fiber end pins, end pin fittings, and wolf note suppressors for cellos. After being approached by bassists, I am expanding our products to include carbon fiber end pins and wolf note suppressors for double bass. The bass wolf note suppressors are available now, and our bass carbon fiber end pins will be ready to ship in about a month.
The primary reason we designed our wolf note suppressors was for simplicity of installation and adjustment. Our suppressor design eliminates the need for a rubber liner, thumb screw, and a lock nut found on other wolf note suppressors that mount on a string. Installation is simple. The string is loosened, the wolf note suppressor is placed on the string, and the string is raised back up to pitch. The suppressor can then be moved on the string to a position that best suppresses the wolf note. Once in position, the wolf note suppressor stays in place.
Although our wolf note suppressors are simple to use, the major advantage is that they have a minimal or no noticeable detrimental effect on the sound of the string. Although we do not fully understand why, it is possibly because a rubber liner is not required and because there is a direct contact between the string and the brass of our wolf note suppressor.
Because the severity of a wolf note varies, we produce them for double bass in 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24 grams.
You can see a photo of our cello wolf note suppressors were featured in the New Products section in the January issue of "STRAD". The bass suppressors are the same as for cello, except they are larger. In addition, you can see photos on our web page - newharmonymusic.com.
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