String revival

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by salcott, Dec 18, 2012.


  1. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

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    I'm being given a large stash of used strings, among which are a bunch of various wound gut. The reason these strings go bad is usually that the core shrinks, making the winding get loose. Has anyone ever tried steaming a wound gut string to fatten up the core, and if you have, what were the results?
     
  2. Jason Sypher

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    Haha. It's a serious question. They shrink because they dry out. It stands to reason that a few minutes in a steamer could work.
     
  4. Jason Sypher

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    My answer stands. You would be better off trying to have them re-wound.
     
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    Couldn't hurt to try the steaming.

    Then again, guts do tend to get bigger around the holidays, so...
     
  7. salcott

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    Yeah Jason, I know Dan Larsen rewinds, but these are Olivs. I can see where the heat might cause them to come apart, and will try taping a bag with a string in it to the front of a non-mist humidifier. That will expose it to nothing but wet air. This should be interesting.
     
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    Hey! I resemble that remark!:D
     
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    Wouldn't it be better to put the strings in almond oil (baby oil) for some time to let the gut kernel grow a bit?
    The oil wouldn't evaporate as quickly as water does.
     
  10. ctxbass

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    If all else fails, you can remove the windings. Wound E and A strings will make usable unwound D and G strings.
     

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