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Better Synthetic Strings
« on: Aug 5th, 2004, 9:58am »
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I am wondering if anyone can tell me of who might make good synthetic strings for early instruments?  Yes, I much prefer playing on real gut, but in the summer I do a lot of outdoor playing and real gut just doesn't work out- you spend more time tuning that playing.  I found the Super-Sensitive synthetics, but-although they are very stable- they are absolutely filthy.  My fingers, frets and fingerboard are covered in black residue after just a few minutes of playing.  Wiping the strings down with a dry cloth throughout the day and using string cleaner at home hasn't slowed down the residue at all, it seems.  
I would never buy such cheap strings as Super Sensitive for my modern double-bass.  I've known they were poor quality strings since high school.  But they seem to be the only game in town for synthetic viol strings.  So if anyone knows of something better on the market, please let me know.
Until then, you'll know me by the blackened fingertips on my left hand (at least until Autumn gets here)...
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Re: Better Synthetic Strings
« Reply #1 on: Sep 7th, 2004, 12:49am »
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Have you tried Nylgut strings from Aquila Corde?  They work reasonably well on lutes.  The company advertizes viol strings as well.........
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