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What to do with old strings
I have more strings than I need for backup. So...
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October 4, 2019 - 9:51 am
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When I purchase a cello at the violin shop, have my keeper so no more purchasing, it comes with Tungsten Spirocore C and G, and Larsen D and A. Personally, I do not like these. I never think to request a different set, which they would. They sound nice in their studio with its wonderful acoustics, but not in my house, which is where I play it. 

I removed the set from my Goronok and installed the D’Addario Kaplans. There was not much use on the set on the cello. My instructor had mentioned he was saving uo for a set just like this one time when we were talking. He has limited funds, being a college music major student, to teach music.

I packaged each string in a separate baggy and labeled it. Then I put them all in one little baggie.

Wednesday, I said to my instructor, “I have something for you.” 

Then I gave him the bag. I told him I got tired of dealing with that sound that I disliked, that was not caused by me, and changed my cello strings. He was so pleased. You saved me around $300. I told him, they have a lot of life left and that I have backups. I think I might have the set I removed from the first cello I bought from the violin shop, that I traded in for my Goronok. If I do, I will bring them in, too. Bad back right now and can’t do my cello or poke around in the drawer. He is very well aware, as are most of you, how I detest that combination. Just does not work in my house. Lovely in the studio. He is also very well aware, as are most if you, how those sounds and instruments’ general tones are very much bothersome to me if not in tune with what I like.

I didn’t buy the Kaplans. D’ADdario sent them to me, along with a set of Helicore. I just have to let them know how I like them, which I will do. They sent them because I received a faulty string in a set of another strings of theirs. 

Also, @Irv I still have not forgotten about the used Preludes(?). When I took them off the cello they were on, I broke the A string. This cello is hard to change because of the pegs. The previous owner put the guitar (?) type gears on him. The gears stick out to the back. Well, do NOT ever do that!

When I change the strings I lay the cello on its back on the sofa or my bed. Well, the pegs are now on the surface, not out to the side. To loosen the strings to remove, I lift the scroll end and turn. It feels odd and I turned it the wrong way. Ping! The A string broke. I do think I have another used one for you. I will look when my back is rested and I am looking for the other set. I think I have the other Preludes from that set, but I need to get the other A Prelude that I am sure I have. After I get it, I will PM you for your address.

So, my point, if you have more used strings than you need, maybe someone would want them, even if just a little life left. The person can use them to see if that brand/model will sound right on their instrument. Preludes are muffled on all my cellos. I have heard them on other cellos and they sounded nice.

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October 4, 2019 - 2:37 pm
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If you can't find someone to give them to, many US cities have donation programs that either give the strings to less-fortunate students, or send them to Cuba or the Dominican Republic where there is a vibrant classical music scene but many musicians can't afford to change their strings as often as the climate requires.

October 4, 2019 - 3:20 pm
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Oh...I live in such a void! Not really artsy where there are programs like this. But, you have given me an idea for other strings that I can’t find a home for. 

The city 7 miles away does have a school orchestra. We tend to stay away from that city as far as donating anything. We were kicked out of the library because I had the nerve to bring my kids in to research a school project when my 8th grader needed to.

When they were kids I would bring them, AND donated their old children’s books as tbey no longer read them, and old Humpty Dumpty, Highlights, etc. Well, now we were not allowed to use their city library! If you did not live in the city you could not use it, even though some of my county taxes went there. Go figure. We stopped giving them books. We went to the community college library and they let us use theirs.

But, I can give my old strings to the orchestra for students that need them. Not going to punish the kids because of a stupid city library rule. I think it still exists from what I was told by a current school student parent.

So, you can also check with schools that have orchestras.

The Bumblebee Flies!

October 16, 2019 - 1:13 am
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You did the right thing. Most of the time I just throw them out the trash.

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