I am putting together a Christmas list and I think I should have a moisture meter on it. I am building musical instruments (drums) and stuff for other people now and need to know that the wood is going to be fairly stable. I was contemplating pin vs pinless but I think that I should get pinless. Heres why I think that. A pinless will allow me to check wood at all the stages of machining without leaving holes everywhere. Drum building uses a lot of small pieces so I can check them after they are cut and still be able to use them because they don't have holes in them. Thats my main reason, I can also check every foot or so down a board. I know that they cost more than a pin type but it seems more useful when used on machined wood that will be used in the project. I am currently looking at the ligno scanner d which reads 3/4" deep
there is also a ligno scanner s which reads 1/4" deep I usually use 3/4 or slightly thicker wood, but their website says that if measuring thinner than 3/4 the readings will the low. If I get the 1/4" read depth than it doesn't read into the center of a 3/4 board. Why isn't there a 1/2" deep model????????
Thoughts? other brands?, should I get a pin model? does someone just want to buy me both and I can do a review for the common good of woodworkers everywhere?