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Thread #62745   Message #1015682
Posted By: Thomas the Rhymer
09-Sep-03 - 04:03 PM
Thread Name: How old are steel strings?
Subject: RE: How old are steel strings?
...something about the 'incidental' influx of carbon into the new and spongy 'pig iron'... However, it is said that the lower heat makes better steel... look to Augsburg and Nuremberg in 1351 and 1360 respectively for the for the 'new' designation 'wire drawers' or 'wire millers'...

before that, the 'styled wire smiths' formed wire by the use of hammers alone...

The importation of Iron wire into England was prohibited in the middle of the 1400s...

I'm starting to think that those early musicians really had alot of guts, but the wealthy could steel your heart away... ;^)ttr