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If anyone is interested it turns out that some strings come with a "doughnut" (a small rubber ring). It is placed under the string where it crosses the bridge, this is a tone filter and filters out the 'twang' that some thin steel strings have. This ring needs to go on as you are putting tension on the string.
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????
Their intent is to keep the open string from ringing when a player is bothered by that.
I thought open strings ringing sympathetically was supposed to be a good thing. I use it as a reference for intonation so that I don't need the tuner in practice.
I wonder why some wouldn't like it.
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