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Good strings are expensive, so of course I wanted to know why (besides crazy inflation).
I kinda had an idea of how involved the process is, but found a couple good videos to share.
From Thomastik-Infeld: The FASCINATING STORY of how STRINGS are made!
Making Violin Gut Strings!
Oh yeah, you KNOW you want to watch this!
...having lamb for Easter Dinner?
I learned a lot from that podcast!
Very cool cool about why/how a steel string can 'whistle' (especially with string crossings)! I can now see a good reason why people would rather use 4th finger on the A string - unless bowing technique is consciously altered for it.
The info about the the thicker lower strings is very relevant for me and should be for Violists.
I don't have a lot to chose from for Violin scale C strings and now also have a low F string (only 1 available) - of course, finding the best response is extremely important! I'm getting ready to try a D'Addario 'Kaplan' short scale VIOLA C string - for my Violin, while on this never-ending quest! ...soon as I'm done typing. (lol)
Can you post the 2nd Part of this podcast?
Whats funny about the Kaplan Amo non whistling e...it sounded like TO ME they way it was described...a player had to change the way they think about bowing it.. Its been a while since i listened to it and i cant remember exactly how he put it. Got me thinking then why get it? But yeah was a good episode.
part 2. couldnt find the spotify version
Like how he said you can bow the open E closer to the bridge to help, but I think the difference between the reg steel E & the non-whistling boils down to your style of playing & maybe your instrument.
I personally think EVERY string should be bowed in a custom way for it. To me, this is an important part of learning to play the violin well, and not easy! ...I try to stay aware of it.
Forgot to mention - real eye-opener about the rosin being more important than bow hair... and rosin differences!!!
Think he did a good job of explaining why I probably don't like a lot of Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddling with bright strings.
Damping compound used in strings - nice to know why it's in there & really makes sense. I do NOT think we should use alcohol, or other solvent, to clean strings (even though he doesn't mention it)!
Hope you can listen to the podcast - not just about how they are made.