Martin Walker wrote:
Not only did I buy the set of four Minitraps sent for review, but I also ordered a further two to improve my acoustics still further
just my 2 pence here
you make us jalous martin, I wish I had that same kind of spare money to spend on basstrapping. the UK list price for each minitrap is around £250 if I remember well your review. It means that your bass trapping (and I'm talking treating BASS only here) cost you £1500. not bad.
the point is that minitraps are bloody expensive here in europe, given that there is not more than 50 quids worth of raw material in each minitraps... yeah I know, there is the cost of designing the thing, man-hours etc. and bloody shipping to europe. so, unless Ethan has plans to open a factory in Romania, there is no chance that minitraps are going to be priced attractively.
the cheapest solution is DIY, and it's heavy rockwool covered with fabric, or even better building a frame yourself. there's tons of stuff on the internet, and if you browse around and have a bit of DIY competencies you can have decent basstrapping for , say, £150 instead of £1500. this is a 10-fold difference and maybe minitraps will bring you a few Sabins down under the 100 Hz region. big deal.
at the end of the day, when you forget all the hype induced by a couple of raving articles (including one in your favorite magazine), it's all down to the efficiency-to-cost ratio, and I personally am not ready to pay 10-fold for a marginal improvement on bass response. it'll not make my music better.
I've spent a grand on decent monitoring and now what I'd have to spend even MORE on bass trapping ? nah..
just my 2pence