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Posted by sean p (220.127.116.11) on March 06, 2002 at 13:19:01:
In Reply to: Walnut Oil posted by CASH on March 06, 2002 at 00:04:20:
: I was reading the messages about the care of gut strings and saw that walnut oil is used on them. Where exactly do I get this "Walnut Oil", and how do I use it? Do I soak them? Wipe them? What do I do once I get it? By the way, whats better, Guts or Nylons? And is it bad to bow on Gut? The bowing on gut is my most important question.
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'bad' to bow on gut? no, not really. it was good enough for four hundred years of bassists before us! gut was the standard before the invention of steel strings in the fifties, so most of the music you'll probably play was written with gut strings in mind. what we sacrifice to play gut, though, is tone and ease. guts strings bowed have a scratchy, nasally tone compared to steel strings. furthermore, they are thicker which in itself is slower to move (especially relevant in fast playing) and necessitates a higher action, which furthers the problem. still, they sound outrageous (my opinion) for jazz - warm and fat and lifelike - so you make the call.
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