Cryogenic strings

July 26, 2006 at 04:52 AM · Quite a few years ago I read an article about a Physicist in one of the major Texas Universities who dunked his violin strings in a cryogenic tank for awhile. I remember his saying that the strings, after resuming normal temperature, sounded and played better than ever. Has anyone heard anymore about this? I'm thinking about prevailing apon one of the major medical schools here to let me dunk a string or two in their "deep freeze."

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July 26, 2006 at 10:56 PM · Generally a slow cooling and heating cycle is superior. Products on the market include mandolin and guitar strings with cryogenic treatment.

July 27, 2006 at 04:39 PM · It does change the metal. I'm not sure about perlon and gut cores.

The method is used to make tougher knife blades as well.

July 27, 2006 at 05:28 PM · http://www.300below.com/site/home.html

http://www.efunda.com/processes/heat_treat/matl_modify/cryogenic.cfm

http://www.onecryo.com/manufact.htm

http://lennon.csufresno.edu/~rlk16/cryo.html

July 27, 2006 at 05:48 PM · I heard that it works better on the player...

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