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.
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
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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