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An improved method for light scattering from acoustic phonons in small, low-symmetry solids is described. This instrumentation greatly facilitates the determination of elastic constants in highly anisotropic materials. Elastic scattering can be greatly reduced so that weaker phonon modes can be observed. Errors associated with the determination of the polarization directions of an anisotropic material are minimized by considering crystal optics. Review of Scientific Instruments is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics.