Did you ever imagine what Audio Points mounted to a grand piano would sound like?
Many years ago this experiment was conducted. The results were breathtaking in that the instrument truly became more the player. It was as if the piano became a living part of the musician's fingers – absolute percussion!
Realizing there is more to Live-Vibe Technology™ than previously imagined, in 2000 our colleague Thomas DeVuono set out on a path of discovery taking this technical approach to a new horizon involving floor born instruments with the initial target being the cello.
Thomas DeVuono Star Sound Research and Development Board - The discovery of the Tone Acoustics Cello EndPin:
"The sound of proper mechanical grounding, benefits of geometry and material selection is what we are after.
The cello endpin must display the connective tissue of accurate decay that translates from note to note. This application to a live instrument provides a greater frequency range, higher acoustic stage volume and presence with a greater sense of correct sound for the musician. The instrument simply sounds more alive.
Instruments too can easily be over damped and disconnected from their own material surfaces. When not properly grounded these instruments cannot radiate all their energy in a focused coherent manner. If the instrument is decoupled from the potential and intended grounding plane then all the acoustic boundaries are not being fully utilized from this one faulty disconnect".
Mr. DeVuono's Patented invention came to market early this year and is currently positioned among many concert cellists and music students alike.
Star Sound is currently involved in the research, design and targeted product development for additional musical instruments such as Tympani, Vibraphone, Marimba, Drum Kit, Bass Clarinet and the Grand Piano.
Listed below are a few testimonials from a group of skilled musicians noting the sound generated from use of The Tone Acoustics Cello Endpin™.
"No question that this endpin is revolutionary compared to the old traditional endpin. Tom has found a way to increase the power and projection of my cello without losing the quality of sound. Something we cellists are always concerned with is the projection of the cello. The Grand Concerto has enhanced my cello's sound not only in a clear difference in projection, but also by delivering a rich, dark, and full body tone quality to the cello. Anyone who is a serious student and professional cellist should invest into this product." Mark Baekbeom Yee Mr. Yee is an active freelance cellist, performing with the Houston Grand Opera and with the Houston Ballet orchestra and maintains a full cello studio with 40 students.
"The Tone Acoustics' endpin is the most innovative and important advancement in sound quality for cello and bass that I have seen - or heard - in decades." Paul York Mr. York is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. He currently serves on the string faculty at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, where he maintains an active teaching and performing schedule.
"My Instrument is a Guiseppe Dall'Aglio (Mantua, around 1810), the strings I'm playing are Larsen Magnacore (A/D/G, sometimes the C as well) and Thomastik Spirocore (C). The sound quality is basically higher, more noble....any note just sounds richer and deeper. And yes - it is possible to play closer to the bridge. The sound is wider. It would be too simple to say it's louder, because there is so much more to say -- it's asking me to play finer and it's so inspiring!" Tobias Baez Mr. Baez is thr Co-principal Cellist in Gewandhausorchestra, Leipzig, Germany (founded in 1743, named in 1781 for its first home – Gewandhaus)
"I am extremely pleased with my purchase of the new Tone Acoustic brass endpin, created by Tom DeVuono. It has not only enhanced the sound of my instrument twofold , but it has made playing the instrument easier and more responsive. The instrument was made in 1855, outside of Paris in Mirecourt, by Honore Derazey. I highly recommend this new product to any cellist, or bassist looking to enrich their sound quality and sound production. All of the 'cellists in The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra that purchased Tone Acoustic endpins are thrilled with the product!" Ms Marshall Petersen is a cellist with the Cincinnati Symphony
"I am absolutely thrilled with what the Tone Acoustics endpin has done for my cello. What struck me was that it not only makes for a louder and more resonant sound, but in fact allows the cello to speak better at ANY dynamic range. The number of new colors that were available was so exciting- it felt like the instrument had suddenly been set free, releasing its full potential and power. I can't recommend these endpins highly enough." Camden Shaw Mr. Shaw has captivated audiences on a global scale. He is a member of the highly acclaimed Dover Quartet where they have been appointed "quartet in residence" at Northwestern University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music for three years beginning in October of 2015.
If you know a cellist, please refer them to this product. They will experience a greater sonic presentation through personal performance. Being involved in music production and working with musicians for the better part of my life I will state for the record, there is no greater reward for a producer, sound engineer or inventor other than to see a musician smile. This innovative performance driven product does just that ! Robert Maicks President-Star Sound Technologies, LLC
The opinions expressed are those of the individual performers and printed with full permission. The opinions do not represent an endorsement by any group, organization or symphony.
Benjamin Karp ♪ Associate Professor Cello and Chamber Music Coordinator, Division of Keyboard, Strings, and Voice - University of Kentucky School of Music • Principal Cello - The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra • Head of Strings - The Brevard Music Center • Adjunct Associate Professor - Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University