Spider Silk Strings!
Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:57 PM
"It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits, and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible." - Aristotle
Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:05 PM
Great idea... but the second para reads "The strings are said to have a "soft and profound timbre" relative to traditional gut or steel strings." Not sure I agree that the soft and profound is applicable to steel srings...more research coming no doubt. ...cheers, Mat
A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:56 AM
" please to forgive delivery of violin, reason for the strong heat of the sun, to put cracks in my logic. "
Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:58 PM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 03:07 PM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:58 AM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:11 AM
I don't know but they were probably silkworm silk strings since it was already a huge market and people had no trouble making thread with it. But spider silk seem to possess better properties to make violin strings (more resistant at a given diameter and more elastic). I have just read a small article where researchers engineered silkworms to produce silk with some of the spider web proteins. I believe this would be a better approach than transgenic sheep since the bombyx naturally produce the worm/spider thread while one has to purify the spider silk protein from the sheep milk and polymerise it etc,,... and it's quite time consuming. Let's see...
Im almost sure silk strings used to be advertised for violins decades ago (early 20th century)
Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:50 PM
It's definitely a fraction size violin (1/4 or 1/2), but whether it's the one played or not is unclear. Maybe for their trial they couldn't get strings long enough for a full size. I can't really comment on the strings but the sound seems to lack power. If it's really a fraction size, then it could be expected though.
Maybe, but look at this. http://www.mnn.com/l...ays-beautifully Is this a fractional sized violin?
Edit. Unless the man is the tallest man in the world...
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