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Posted by Tony Baluga on April 26, 2001 at 00:43:06:

Hi All (attention Rich Laird, Bob Gollihur)

From previous postings I've learned about flatwound vs roundwound strings. My Zeta upright electric appears to be be strung with flatwound strings. They're smooth and appear like solid wires, such as those used for soldering. However, although fingerboard friendly, these flatwound strings are not arco friendly, compared to the roundwound strings on my acoustic upright. Since they're smooth, the bow tends to skid. I am presently using a medium soft rosin, still have to try extra soft and see if it's any better. In the meantime, does anybody out there have any suggestions?

I've been wondering about the horsehair used for the bow. Although there may be other material (nylon?), nothing apparently can replace horsehair. I'd love to be able one of these days to put a strand under a microscope to see what is it that can cause all the sound-producing friction. I've seen guys in the Philippines improvise and use bamboo fibers to bow as there was nothing else.
Without using a microscope how can you tell whether the bow is horsehair or something else?


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