What to do with old guts?
I have some guts lying around that have gone so false and frayed so much, it wouldn't even be worth putting them on my backup fiddle (that even half decent student instrument we all have sitting down in the basement because nobody wants to buy it on Ebay).
I was thinking I could melt down the silver winding on my Gs so that—maybe in 50 years or so—I'll have enough to forge myself a nice silver ring. As for the other strings without windings, though, I have no idea what to do with them. Seems like a bit of a waste to just throw 'em out, considering a sheep died for me to have the luxury of playing them, and they're hella pricey, too.
If you garden, or know a gardener, the old gut strings can be used to support plants etc. But it's a good idea to remove the metal windings first - the metal is recyclable, as you've suggested.
Cook them!! they make a great noodle dish!!
Ungulate Udon. Yummy.
Give them to a vegan.
I use the fat ones to tie frets on my bass viol.
Give them to gamba players to make fresh frets
Throw them in the pot when cooking instant noodles.
The thing is, they unravel and go all stringy. Hell to get them out of your teeth later.
"Seems like a bit of a waste to just throw 'em out, considering a sheep died for me to have the luxury of playing them, and they're hella pricey, too."
"they're hella pricey"
The same companies that buy dental gold may buy string winding, given the platinum, gold, silver winding on them. I keep all my old strings for now. Hell man, It's like $75 for an Oliv G string.
I find them excellent for garroting.
@David "the expense of turning the raw materials into strings" includes the less obvious costs of marketing & R&D (which may include patent attorneys' fees at home and abroad).
The wrap spinning of my wound gut strings is made out of copper or silver-plated copper wire. I use these wires of my old strings for connecting circuit components when soldering electronic circuits. There are approximately about 32 ft of wire on each string and the quality of the soldering wire you can buy for that purpose is not always equal or better.
I think this whole thing is offal.
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