Posted on August 1, 2022March 24, 2023 by Dale Phillips Letter: Statistical Listening Test Letter: Statistical Listening Test by Kenny Hill Originally published in American Lutherie #98, 2009 Hi Tim, What do you do when a “scientific” study directly contradicts your own experience? Which are you more inclined to believe, a statistical body of “evidence,” or your own ears? This is my dilemma now, having read R.M. Mottola’s paper on his statistical listening test with soundports (AL#97). This experiment seems at first glance to be thorough and well designed. In his conclusion he states that there is no perceivable difference between port open and port closed. This is followed by the comment that this may be “of practical value to those considering adding soundports.” Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.