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String health after long term storage

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by PatrickC, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. PatrickC


    Jan 29, 2002
    I just retrieved a box of strings which have been sitting in my garage in Central Florida for nine years -- many are barely used. They are from a period when I was doing some heavy string experimentation and include a variety of different brands of steels and synthetics, as well as one Olive G.

    I am interested in trying some of them again. They look fine, no mold or rust. Does long term storage in often humid weather without climate control damage strings? Steels? Synthetics? Should I assume the Olive is dead?

    Obviously I can find the answer by putting them on my bass, but I'm hoping to spare myself needless trouble if possible.
  2. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    The strings should be fine unless there is a velvet. I saw one from an old string box that looked a little funky. Threw it on and it snapped

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