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#649355 - 02/25/02 10:12 PM Steel Music Wire
Jay Offline
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Registered: 07/24/01
Posts: 471
Loc: AUD
Hi,

The type of steel music wire use in a piano is it important for sound? For example, on the violin, strings can have a profound effect on the sound of the violin. A chinese make violin will sound very much nicer if it fitted with a good set of strings instead of a chinese one.

Is Roslau steel music wire the best? How many steel music wire manufacturers/types are there in the market? For the bass section, the steel wire is wound with copper. The make of the copper is it important as the steel music wire?

Is there any differences between a round and hexagon wire?.

[ February 25, 2002: Message edited by: Jay ]

[ February 25, 2002: Message edited by: Jay ]

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#649356 - 02/26/02 12:46 PM Re: Steel Music Wire
Brian Lawson, RPT Offline
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Registered: 07/04/01
Posts: 647
Loc: South Africa
Is Roslau steel music wire the best?

It maybe that it is the most well known, some favour mapes gold.

How many steel music wire manufacturers/types are there in the market?

several but mapes and roslau are the only two I can name off hand.


For the bass section, the steel wire is wound with copper. The make of the copper is it important as the steel music wire?

Not sure, I've always had bass strings made with one supplers stock of cooper, one thing that can affect sound is the scaling. Breaking tension etc. Are you aware of Sanderson triple covered strings, I belive they make a tremendous difference.

Is there any differences between a round and hexagon wire?.

6 sides and an infinite number of side ;\)
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#649357 - 02/26/02 08:59 PM Re: Steel Music Wire
Jay Offline
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Registered: 07/24/01
Posts: 471
Loc: AUD
 Quote:
Originally posted by Brian Lawson, RPT:
Is Roslau steel music wire the best?

It maybe that it is the most well known, some favour mapes gold.

How many steel music wire manufacturers/types are there in the market?

several but mapes and roslau are the only two I can name off hand.


For the bass section, the steel wire is wound with copper. The make of the copper is it important as the steel music wire?

Not sure, I've always had bass strings made with one supplers stock of cooper, one thing that can affect sound is the scaling. Breaking tension etc. Are you aware of Sanderson triple covered strings, I belive they make a tremendous difference.

Is there any differences between a round and hexagon wire?.

6 sides and an infinite number of side ;\)[/b]


Hi Brian,

What do you mean by breaking tension?

I am not aware of Sanderson triple covered strings, this is my first time hearing it.

Because of the shape on the wire, copper wire that wound on hexagon wire comparing to a round wire will be much better and last longer?

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#649358 - 02/27/02 12:50 PM Re: Steel Music Wire
EricL Offline
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Registered: 06/04/01
Posts: 140
Loc: Upstate NY
 Quote:
Originally posted by Jay:
The type of steel music wire use in a piano is it important for sound? [/b]


Yes.


 Quote:
Is Roslau steel music wire the best? How many steel music wire manufacturers/types are there in the market?[/b]


Roslau, Mapes and Isaac are the three that many considered as 'the best'.


 Quote:
For the bass section, the steel wire is wound with copper. The make of the copper is it important as the steel music wires?
[/b]


Yes. Not only is the material important, the machine and worker that do the winding are very important too.


 Quote:

Is there any differences between a round and hexagon wire?[/b]


Copper is a rather soft material when compared to steel. Winding copper *tightly* around a hexagonal shaped steel wire will plastically deform the copper wire at the contact surface and may help prevent 'slippage or loosening' of the winding, which can cause buzzing of the string. However, if done properly by good machinery and skilled workers, the cross-sectional shape of the steel wire on which the copper is wound does not make any difference.

Eric

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#649359 - 02/27/02 02:17 PM Re: Steel Music Wire
Brian Lawson, RPT Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/04/01
Posts: 647
Loc: South Africa
 Quote:
Originally posted by Jay:


What do you mean by breaking tension?

[/b]

How much tension can be applied to the string before pe-ow!


I am not aware of Sanderson triple covered strings, this is my first time hearing it.
[/b][/QUOTE]

David Sanderson charges $8 per string, regardless of length. 55 x $8 ......
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Brian Lawson, RPT
Johannesburg
South Africa

http://www.lawsonic.co.za

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