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SPIDERS...Coming to a violin near you...
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Pikachu
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Apparently they've created violin strings from spider silk! Creeeeepy, but interesting! Spiders, despite being scary to run into unexpectedly, do make relativity strong and flexible thread. They're really an engineering wonder.

 

The strings that were made measured between the strength of real gut and aluminum coated nylon core. That's right, spider strings were stronger than nylons! The article talks about a distinct sound quality, but I couldn't find any audio samples. Too bad. Perhaps we'll have spider silk bows to go with them next!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie.....t-17232058

 

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There is a audio clip on the article. It does have a unique sound.

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Ah, I thought it was odd to not include a sample. Thanks for the heads up! My internet settings must have blocked whatever they're using to post the audio. I'll have to figure out which item it is to unblock.

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I bet they aint cheap either...!!!

I'm complaining about $40 string sets, I render a guess they are in the hundfred thousand range with research and mfg costs added together.

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After reading the title I had a thought of a violin shaped like a spider.  I'll keep that on the back burner.

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Well, there are already dragon, lion, mermaid, and other shaped violins. I wouldn't be surprised if one like that already existed.

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cdennyb said
I bet they aint cheap either...!!!

I'm complaining about $40 string sets, I render a guess they are in the hundfred thousand range with research and mfg costs added together.

dazed

Well one thing that will cut cost, are the spiders being paid for their silk and are they Union members.dunno

Interesting topic.

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I think they  are members on the string spiders Local 435

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Now if you can train a spider to weave you some strings and then put them on your violin for you !    Then you got something  !!  cheers

You get a family of spiders living inside your violin and you never have to buy strings again.  winkwink

But ,I dont think FM would like that idea!roflroflrofl

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I would as long as took care of my violin too. smile

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omg! i hate spiddies!! D:  But there so convinient, Bet the strings are expensive?

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I want a spider silk bow, sounds even better than a set of spider silk strings.  What would happen if both the strings and bow were made of spider silk? Just think about it.rofl

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