It's a bit tough to read by virtue of the broken English, but they talk about some interesting ideas. I also read a little bit from the Aquila website about high-twist gut strings and their special "V twist"... I wish they would explain more! I've slowly been using higher and higher tension guts for a while, but I guess now I'm going to have to ask Mr. Larson for a pair of proper high-twist middle strings. I want to try this for myself...
Why don't you just make your own violin strings? I mean, how hard can it really be?
First of all you need a handy abattoir. Without that you need to go out and find a sheep or goat to kill. Probably sheep since goats have horns - although some sheep do too. Get the guts out, clean them - string them up to dry without rotting - then maybe you can start stripping the "catlins"snd then start the winding process to make strings.
Making gut strings (not forgetting gut for surgery) is one of the oldest technologies around. I read somewhere that the sheep has to be degutted no later than about 10 minutes post mortem for the best results from the gut. And that's only the start of a long process.
Is this why some people have faith in their gut?
I read recently the "cat" in catgut was a reference to the cattle used. Not actually cats, unfortunately.
Quoting from James Beament's 1997 book "The Violin Explained" (page 210):
Making my own strings...?
Cotton Mather wrote:
@ScottCole "Not actually cats, unfortunately" shhhhh Kitty is listening :)
David do you put less effort in a rehair when it is for an amateur, say, than when it is for a soloist or major symphony player?
Jean, please, some amateurs ARE soloists or major symphony players!
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