New gut strings for 440 pitch

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by RobMacKillop » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:00 pm

Aaron, if you are ordering from Damian Dlugolecki, just send him an email stating your intention, and asking any questions you like. He is a guitar player himself, so will know exactly what you are looking for. He's very approachable. Mention me if you like.
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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by Aaron Powell » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:06 pm

Cheers Rob.

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by ddray » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:37 pm

I'd love to try gut strings, but it'd be pretty sad to have strings worth more than your guitar :lol:

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by Norbert » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:58 am

Wonderful playing, Rob - I really enjoyed it!

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by larryguitar » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:50 pm

Wonderful! I've got to try a set of these on my Roudhloff replica, the Great Musical Curiosity!

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by rojarosguitar » Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:24 pm

Beautiful! What do you use as bass strings?
Can you give the exact specifications (scale length, tension l/m/h? varnished?)
I think I would order some to try. Love the sound.
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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by RobMacKillop » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:24 pm

Cheers, Norbert.

Cheers, Larry.

Just drop Damian an email from his website (damianstrings) saying, "Give me what Rob's got" :-) He will know exactly what to send you. I used Aquila Ambra 2000 bass strings in this video, as that's what I had lying around. I haven't yet worked out the best combination for these trebles. But they sound pretty good to my ears.

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by larryguitar » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:44 am

RobMacKillop wrote:
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:24 pm
Cheers, Norbert.

Cheers, Larry.

Just drop Damian an email from his website (damianstrings) saying, "Give me what Rob's got" :-) He will know exactly what to send you. I used Aquila Ambra 2000 bass strings in this video, as that's what I had lying around. I haven't yet worked out the best combination for these trebles. But they sound pretty good to my ears.
Thanks Rob. My order is being worked on. Damian mentioned that perspiration is more detrimental to the strings than nails, so I have to worry about the chemical composition of my sweat. :-) I don't think my hands sweat much but I don't know.

Should I try to keep my left hand dry and wash it before playing? Of course, one is required to wash their hands before playing Bach.

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by RobMacKillop » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:21 am

Haha. Well, I usually wash my hands in very warm water before I play, but more as a way of relaxing the muscles and soften the flesh. I wasn't thinking of sweat acid! Good luck with them.

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by larryguitar » Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:18 pm

RobMacKillop wrote:
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:21 am
Haha. Well, I usually wash my hands in very warm water before I play, but more as a way of relaxing the muscles and soften the flesh. I wasn't thinking of sweat acid! Good luck with them.
I believe my notion of washing one's hands before playing Bach actually comes from a story about Hillary Hahn, the violinist. I believe her teacher made her do just that.

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by Peskyendeavour » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:33 am

Does anyone know the longevity of these strings? Or is it too new to tell?
Does Damian know or have it (average) published?
Wonder how it's made... I'm sure it's trade secret but would be interesting to find out...

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by RobMacKillop » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:00 am

The g should last a year or more, the b six months or more, the e could go in two minutes or two months.

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by Peskyendeavour » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:18 am

Cheers Rob.
So basically you don't think Damian's strings will have better longevity than normal gut.

Was it the varnished or the natural gut strings he sent you for the video?
It doesn't say on his website specifically about the tuning - I thought a little strange as that must be his selling point? I hope I went to the right bit of the site - it only lists varnished or natural gut under classical guitar, not 440... Maybe that's the only thing he makes now?

What's the difference between varnished and non varnished? Sound quality? Longevity? Feel? Longer lasting for nails/fret? As it seems the sets he puts together selling as a pack are the varnished ones, is that seen as standard amongst gut string players?

Quite expensive though even before postage, but maybe worth a try for when my current stock runs out... :)

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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by RobMacKillop » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:07 am

I don't like varnished strings, so he knows not to send me any. But other players do like them, so you have to try them yourself. They resist acid from fingertips better, so should last a bit longer. I just don't like the feel of them. It's a touch thing.

He doesn't change his website often, so probably hasn't got around to it. Guitar string sales are by far the least profitable area of his enterprise.
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Re: New gut strings for 440 pitch

Post by Peskyendeavour » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:32 pm

Ah see...
Thanks Rob.
Shall have to try both in due course!

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