Sales questions about the Acousonde™
Updated June 2013
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Price and delivery
How available is the Acousonde? Can I get one right now?
- Acousondes are build-to-order. In some cases a unit matching
your needs may be in stock, but if not, delivery time may be up to
18 weeks after receipt of order.
How much does the Acousonde cost?
- If you are located in the United States and your funding originates with the
US Government, please contact Acoustimetrics
directly for government pricing. Otherwise, sales
inquires should be directed to
Technology at the contact address given here.
are available. Please be aware that
the Acousonde is a custom-made,
professional research instrument.
Does the Acousonde come with receiving gear to monitor
the tag while deployed?
The Acousonde is an archival tag, meaning that it must be
physically recovered for you to retrieve its data. It has
no telemetry capability, so there is nothing to receive.
Although the Acousonde is intended to be paired with a VHF transmitter
for use in finding it once it comes off the subject,
this transmitter is not included with an Acousonde purchase.
The transmitter is a separate procurement.
Likewise, an Acousonde purchase does not include any retrieval
equipment. VHF receiver, antenna, antenna cable, headphones,
compass, GPS, charting capability, etc. are all separate procurements.
Does the Acousonde come with suction cups and flotation?
- The Acousonde 3B does, but the Acousonde 3A does
not. For the 3A you need to procure third-party suction cups
and flotation. Cetacean Research Technology
has developed these for sale, and some groups have developed
their own suction cups and flotation in-house.
Does the Acousonde come with a deployment grip and other deployment gear?
- Deployment grips are available as a separate procurement.
Acoustimetrics makes a deployment grip designed to mate with
the Acousonde 3B, and
Cetacean Research Technology
has developed a third-party deployment grip for the Acousonde 3A.
Other deployment gear, such as a pole, vessel mounting bracket (if any),
and hardware for assembling
them with the grip,
depends on the species of interest and the vessel to be used. Such gear
tends to be developed by the tag users and is not included with the Acousonde.
Does the Acousonde come with tracking gear?
- No. Neither Acousonde model includes a VHF transmitter or any VHF tracking
gear. All such equipment is a separate procurement.
Does the Acousonde come with the PalmOS-compatible commanding handheld?
- No. A PalmOS-compatible handheld is required to command the
Acousonde but is a separate procurement.
More information about the Acousonde's Palm requirement can be found
What happened to the Bioacoustic Probe?
- Production ceased on the B002B model Bioacoustic
Probe in November 2007, and all remaining inventory was
sold by early 2008. Two factors brought about the
end of the B-Probe's life. First, the design relied on
mature technology such as a Motorola 68000-series microprocessor;
this technology severely restricted even small
Second, the microprocessor chip and mass-storage
hardware at the heart of the B-Probe had been discontinued
by their manufacturers, limiting our future production capability.
Why change the name?
- For many reasons. The most practical issue was that
user communications frequently abbreviated "Bioacoustic Probe"
to "BioProbe" which is a trademarked name for another instrument.
Of course this choice of abbreviation was natural and the conflict unintentional;
nevertheless there was potential confusion for both user communities.
How does one pronounce Acousonde?
- Like "ACK-ooo-sawnd" where the leading "ACK" is pronounced
as in the beginning of "acoustic". Incorrect pronunciations include "ACK-oh-sound", "ACK-you-sawnd",
and "ACK-you-sound", as if it were spelled accu-sound. Please especially avoid
an accu-sound is
something you would find at an audio/video store.
But rest assured we will support you no matter how you pronounce it.
How was the name Acousonde derived?
- Sonde is a generic term for a sensor probe, derived from the French
word for a ship's sounding line. It is in common use in both solid-earth
and upper-atmosphere geophysics.
The word Acousonde thus succinctly conveys the concept of "an acoustic probe".
Why is it so easy to misspell and mispronounce Acousonde?
- Beats me! Admittedly, the root "sonde" as a term for
sensor probe or sounding instrument seems to be familiar only in
Earth science. Perhaps folks unaccustomed to the word are
assuming that "sonde" must be a misspelling of "sound" and correcting.
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