Being an instrument maker means, that there is so much stuff that I have to know, it’s taking a lifetime to discover and learn. There is so much in fact, that I have had to limit the scope.
Whilst I know about the hygroscopic tangential expansion in Honduras Rosewood, and its effect on sound wave propagation, it is not something I would expect a musician to know. (Or anyone else to know or even care about!)
Similarly, knowledge of the orchestral repertoire in a social, historical context and how that determines playing technique is more relevant to musicians than instrument makers.
There is however the middle ground. I’m often confronted with musicians who do not know things that I think would be beneficial to their job. Mostly because it hasn’t been taught at music college. Even worse, is when what they have been taught (or read on the Internet!) is wrong or flawed.
Therefore, as I come across things in my work that I think percussionists should know, I will write a blog post. In time there will be a whole selection covering lots of topics.