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Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by BobKay, Mar 11, 2016.
Title says it all. I searched and cannot find an answer. Just curious.
Good question. I am curious to know why Rotosound uses silk wraps on their steel strings but not nickel. That seems to say that there is an actual "sound" reason. Steels are much brighter, so I always assumed it had to do with dampening the sound or vibration, but that's just a guess.
Probably because the steel is rougher than nickel on the tuning pegs.
Traditional wrapping on the ends to keep gut strings from unwinding.
If you mean the outer silk wrapping on both ends of the string, these have the function to keep the windings in place, to avoid unravelling.
Keep in mind that the tension is completely held by the core of the string, the windings only add mass and damping and are not fixed to the core except by friction.
If you ever had a string with a broken winding (i.e. at the bridge because of a too narrow or unfounded bridge slot) you might have experienced that kind of unravelling.
A second function is to avoid friction of the windings against themselves on the peg which might lead to broken windings too. This still can happen with a silk wrapping, but as long as there is enough silk at the end of the played part of the string unravelling still does not happen. In such cases a drop of glue at the silk might help to avoid unravelling of the silk.
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