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Cadmium strings???

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

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    I was at a crafts fair awhile back, and I saw this guy selling mandolin strings. His sign said they were 45% nickel,45% cadmium, 10% cobalt, and 3%carbon.
    Has anyone come across bass strings like these??
    If so, what did they sound like/feel like??








    Thanks,
    Bassdude15
  2. Rune Bivrin

    Rune Bivrin Supporting Member

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    Given the toxicity of cadmium I'll pass...
  3. freatles

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    Toxic, will kill you.
  4. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Supporting Member

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    Cadmium?

    Do not want
  5. freatles

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    Copper? Bronze? C... Carbon?
  6. lundborg

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    That sums up to 103%
    And it is strange that there is no iron in the recipe.
  7. Bassdude15

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    The cores were chrome steel.
    The guy said he'd had the cadmium treated so that it was a more stable isotope and actually barely radioactive at all.:meh: Cadmium 113m isn't very radioactive so it could have been that
  8. snarebear

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    Barely radioactive? LOL Do they glow in the dark?
  9. chucko58

    chucko58 Supporting Member

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    Cadmium isn't radioactive that I know of. But it's toxic, like most heavy metals.

    Sounds like hokum to me.
  10. friedtransistor

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    Hey, since it has nickle with it, you won't need anymore batteries to power your active bass... :b
  11. mpdd

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    cadmium orange?
  12. GIBrat51

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    ^This. Cadmium is not radioactive; it's poisonous, and can be lethal in extremely low doses. It was one of many things we had to be careful about, in my military engineering career, which sometimes involved demolition. It might not kill you, but from some of the symptoms (Google "cadmium poisoning"), you might wish it did. The guy was either totally ignorant about what he was talking about, or a consummate BS artist. There's absolutely no reason for using cadmium in any kind of instrument strings; there would be no benefit at all (unless you wanted to kill somebody, slowly and painfully).
  13. Red Planet

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    You can still get Cadmium plating done though the only approval is for Military use weapons, aerospace, etc.... I had some Cadmium plating performed on some Aerospace parts last year.

    I would think the guy is blowing smoke.

    And yes like everyone else said stay away from things that will kill you. Have a nice day.
  14. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Maybe Cobalt?
  15. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    Cadmium strings are the best strings for metal. They kill the user slowly and brutally.
  16. phatcyclist

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    I have heard of some snake-oil pitches, but this is in another dimension.
  17. HeavyRockBasser

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    Toxic injury doesn't sound too scary, until you get exposed to something, yourself. You think you're stronger than your environment, but you're not. These kind of injuries can be devastating, and are rarely reversible, and nobody is immune.

    I was injured at work, through long term toxic injury. The building was built on a redeveloped toxic waste site. In my case, it was primarily benzene, chloro-benzene, and a couple of dozen other nasty chemicals left over from the production of pesticides and synthetic rubber, although heavy metal poisoning is pretty common in the workplace, as well.

    You need to consider the consequences, before you allow yourself to be exposed to heavy metals or chemicals of any kind. And, don't assume that your workplace is safe, just because your employer tells you so. Even though I suspected I was being exposed to something, long before I became disabled, my employer always assured me the place was safe.

    Any chance that I ever had of a normal life ended at 28 years old. Now, I'm totally disabled, with no chance of recovery. And, my family has suffered as much or more than I have.

    I thought I was bullet-proof until it happened to me. You aren't as bullet-proof as you think you are. Even if you're a healthy, hard driving person, and nothing slows you down, toxics can stop you in your tracks.
  18. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he looks Supporting Member

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    Cadmium strings have to be played with a pick made of lead. A smear of mercury smoothens the friction between pick and strings. :D
  19. friedtransistor

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    And don't forget the uranium nut to help the strings on those explosive divebombs... :ninja:
  20. Bassdude15

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    Yeesh. I'm sorry about that

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