While string quaity has been an issue for me (using gut),  another
   factor to consider may be the location of the break:  my strings tend
   to wear and fray either at the point of plucking or somewhere near the
   most used frets (2nd and 3rd).  This has often enough been due to
   rough, calloused skin in cold weather; or inattention to nail care.

   Leonard Williams
   -----Original Message-----
   From: Dan Winheld <dwinh...@lmi.net>
   To: Wim Loos <wjglso...@gmail.com>; LuteNet list
   Sent: Mon, Feb 19, 2018 11:54 am
   Subject: [LUTE] Re: Broeken nylgut string
   No clue as to cause of the breakage until you supply essential
   1. String length- nut to bridge?
   2. A= ? 440, 415, 465, 392 - other?
   While stronger than equivalent gut, nylgut (especially the 1st
   generation, dead white stuff) is much more delicate than equivalent
   tension nylon or KF. The later, more yellow New Nylgut is stronger but
   still nowhere near as tough as the other synthetics.
   First thing in any case, get a good magnifier and check the nut and
   bridge for any irregularities that could snag the string, any rough
   spots that could abrade the string, A sharp "V" shape groove, too
   cut in the nut is a fine way to jam a string as you fruitlessly try to
   wind it up to pitch. Take care of that stuff first, then assess the
   other factors.
   On 2/18/2018 11:27 PM, Wim Loos wrote:
   > Dear luteplayers,
   > Within a relative short periode, two times my g' (0.44mm nylgut) on a
   > 7-c Renaissance lute has broken. Sounds this familliar to you? What
   > you suggest as an alternative.
   > Wim Loos
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