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At Wagner Meters, we know crafting superior wooden musical instruments that sound as beautiful as they look is not just a “job” — but rather a true labor of love.
We understand how much time, effort, and craftsmanship go into ensuring every instrument you create is beautiful, sounds great, and will be playable for a lifetime.
Now the way we see it, when it comes to making fine, exquisite musical instruments from wood, you are only as good as your knowledge, your materials, and your tools.
And one of the most essential tools is an accurate moisture meter. After all, you’re working with a living, breathing piece of wood. You’ve got to monitor its moisture content (MC) and its humidity throughout the manufacturing process or else your instrument will be ruined from warps, cracks, and other problems.
That’s why many luthiers and major musical instrument manufacturers have come to depend on Wagner Meters.
For many years, musical instrument manufacturers and craftsmen have depended on our popular MMC220 moisture meter. But now we’re pleased to announce the introduction of a more advanced and entirely new line of moisture meters – Orion®.
Orion moisture meters provide you with superior accuracy and greater versatility, including a wide range of user-friendly features. Take a look below of some of the more prominent features.
No one wants to put holes in a beautiful and expensive instrument when measuring for moisture with a pin-type meter. We don’t either. So all Orion meters are pinless and non-damaging.
Wagner’s Orion line of moisture meters utilizes Wagner’s long-proven non-pin technology to provide superior accuracy, but all measurement instruments need to be periodically checked for calibration, and, if necessary, recalibrated back to factory standards. This process is critical. And, like many other measurement instruments, moisture meters are electronic devices that could lose calibration when dropped or used in a rough environment.
With competitive moisture meters, you may be able to verify when they are out of calibration, but not actually recalibrate them yourself. If they do need recalibration, you have to send it to the manufacturer – an inconvenience costing you time and money.
Not with Orion. It’s the only moisture meter that allows you, the user, to recalibrate your own meter back to factory standards. No shipping to the factory, no waiting and no downtime because of it. And with Orion meters, calibration is a breeze. Using our On-Demand Calibrator, it takes you less than a minute and you’re back in business.
Whether you’re measuring moisture in thin stock or thicker pieces that you plan to re-saw later, Orion has got you covered. Our shallow depth feature (1/4-inch or 6.35mm deep) is ideal for thinner woods, veneers, and laminates, like guitar and violin bodies, while our deep depth feature (up to 1.5-inches or 38.1mm) is great for thicker stock such as solid-body instruments or raw materials.
If you use a meter with a standard species settings default, your moisture readings from species to species could be several percentage points off. That could be disastrous!
With our Fast Selection Species Settings, you easily and quickly set your Orion for the wood species you need to measure to ensure accurate readings. The range of settings covers practically any softwood or hardwood species in the world.
If you’re a large instrument manufacturer, you’ll find data collection particularly useful for collecting average/high/low moisture readings of your wood stock. Quickly gathering statistics on the wood you’re about to buy will tell you whether or not your supplier is providing you with quality, well-dried stock.
Using data from its built-in temperature/humidity sensor, Orion will calculate the EMC of your shop environment. When the moisture content of your wood reaches that EMC, you know your wood is ready to be used for your project.
Because we’re so confident your Orion meter will give you years of great, reliable service, we’re offering you protection against any defects or issues for a full, industry-best 7 years. So you get not only a great meter, but the best protection in the industry for greater peace of mind!
Orion 950, our most advanced model, comes with all the features and functions listed above. It also comes with a sensor to capture and record ambient conditions, such as temperature, humidity, and other conditions and can calculate your wood’s EMC. Plus, it makes it a lot easier to store and send data you’ve collected to a computer or smartphone with its Bluetooth® app feature.Buy Now