I ordered a Martin X-200 through a dealer and he did the basic set-up for me..putting a nock on the string. I have been shooting daily for over a week. My shooting accuracy is less than to be desired, but I know that will improve with time and practice . The thing that bothers me the most is the noise the bow makes. It is a lot nosier than I expected a recurve to be. Would string silencers help? Maybe it is the way I am releasing the sting? If I am not getting a clean release, could this make a sound? I am shooting a glove with three fingers below the arrow it that matters.
Cat Whiskers - the rubber that was mentioned above - I prefer these. Also use a nock to attach them to the string so they can be adjusted up or down the string to dampen the sound or tie them with thread and cover the thread with nail polish to secure. Don't tie them in an overhand knot as some directions say and expect them to stay put after you split them out.
Yarn type puff ball - I don't like these as they will gather water and or snow and release some of the mosture on the shot.
Brush buttons - rubber buttons that go on the string and help cut down the sound of the string striking the limbs on release- I use these with the cat whiskers.
Also place Dr. Scholes Mole Skin on the back of the limb down a little farther than the string rests to provide another level of dampening for string slap on the shot.
As I said above with the Cat Whiskers, you may need to adjust them up or down the string to find the optimum placement and here is why. When shot, the bow acts like a Violin or Guitar and the string is viberating which is what is creating the sound. Generally since the poundgage doesn't change the sound produced is only 1 or 2 partials(Physics and/or musican speak) When we place the String silencer on the string we are changing that note or vibration pattern due to the weight and/or resistance through the air to produce another note that doesn't sound as loud.
You also need to find (through moving the silencer up or down the string) the peak of this sound. If you get unlucky you can place the silencer on a node or dead spot and get no significant reduction to the sound but by moving it you can affect the sound to a very large degree.
I hope this helps and if you have any further questions Ask!!!
Last Edit: Mar 11, 2005 7:19:04 GMT -5 by amosgreg
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