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Posted By: GUEST,Les in Chorlton, Manchester
09-Sep-03 - 04:02 PM
Thread Name: How old are steel strings?
Subject: RE: How old are steel strings?
I think Murray is correct. I have read quite a bit about the history of science. It is better documented and organised than the wild conjectors (?) of some other (not so) disciplines.

We all need great respect for old cultures particularly Chinese and Arab/Muslim cultures but I don't think they had much in the way of instruments with steel strings and I think this brings us back to the 18 / 19 Century, post Abraham Darby et al.

Please don't misunderstand me. I am not making any kind of point about Western European anything. ( See that book Jared Diamond about Guns and something and something that gives a pretty good account of why we Europeans colonised etc the Eat and not the other way round).