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Thread #62745   Message #1014915
Posted By: GUEST,Les in Chorlton, Manchester
08-Sep-03 - 03:18 PM
Thread Name: How old are steel strings?
Subject: RE: How old are steel strings?
Thanks a lot, says so much about the development of the guitar. I didn't realise Martin was so important.

So, were steel strings the first metal strings? When were they first fitted to the violin family?

I remember reading somewhere that Morris Dancing was changed significantly when musicians moved from pipe and tabor to fiddles. Something about the volume of noise enabling dancing to be more physical. Sorry I have no origin for this. And anyway people say anything sometimes.

The other angle on this enquiry is concerned with how developments in technolgy foreshadow changes in musical instruments and how this relation could help us to have a more accurate understanding of how traditional music has developed over however many years you care to study.

I have a question about metalic free reeds but will leave that for another thread.