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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.”

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