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Deskjet 08 Aug 05 - 10:37 AM
Dave Hanson 08 Aug 05 - 10:51 AM
Sorcha 08 Aug 05 - 10:59 AM
Sorcha 08 Aug 05 - 01:25 PM
Joe Offer 08 Aug 05 - 01:29 PM
Clinton Hammond 08 Aug 05 - 01:40 PM
Deskjet 08 Aug 05 - 01:58 PM
number 6 08 Aug 05 - 03:28 PM
Cluin 09 Aug 05 - 02:02 AM
JohnInKansas 09 Aug 05 - 02:37 AM
GUEST 09 Aug 05 - 07:54 AM
12string growler 09 Aug 05 - 10:56 AM
Leadfingers 10 Aug 05 - 08:37 AM
JohnInKansas 10 Aug 05 - 08:50 AM
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Subject: Old Strings
From: Deskjet
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 10:37 AM

Has anyone got an address I can send old guitar strings to?


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 10:51 AM

No but I've got a granny in the Parachute Regiment who needs some new nicker elastic.

eric


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: Sorcha
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 10:59 AM

Oh god....I'll have to think.......I've heard of one.....brb

There is a guy who solicits second hand strings for distribution into the third world. It's called the Second Strings Project. Here's some contacts:

Tangible Music 516 409-5433
strings@tangible-music.com

Kevin Deame
28 Ladd Road,
Ellington, CT 06029

And some info on the web:
http://store.yahoo.com/tangible-music/secstrinproj.html
http://www.darrylpurpose.com/etc/strings.htm

The way I understand it, he wants playable strings, not old worn out rusty ones. So the ones I send are the "I have a gig and my week old broken in but not sounding as good as I want strings." I heard that Taylor guitar sends the strings that are on instruments in for repair that they put new ones on, etc.

The web stuff is a couple of years old, so I hope the program is still going. The big box I sent them at least didn't come back to me...

http://www.guitarseminars.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000968.html


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: Sorcha
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 01:25 PM

Thank you Joe! No idea why it wouldn't post. I also found a lot of people that use them for art work. Google "guitar strings" then recycled.


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 01:29 PM

The information Sorcha posted is from 2001, from guitarseminars.com. The message includes two URLs that are out of date:

  • http://www.darrylpurpose.com/etc/strings.htm - Darryl Purpose has moved his "strings" page here (click).

  • http://store.yahoo.com/tangible-music/secstrinproj.html - couldn't find this one.



It seemed to me this may be a hoax, and some poor fool in Connecticut may be stuck with boxes and boxes of old strings - but I was wrong. This Google Search brings up lots of information on the Second Strings Project, which is operated by Darryl Purpose and Kevin Deame.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 01:40 PM

Toss 'em out... In 5000 years, whatever the dominant life form is on the planet will be mining them out of the land-fill and making new stuff outa them...


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: Deskjet
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 01:58 PM

Thanks folks , that's the one I was after.


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: number 6
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 03:28 PM

A piece of the 'D' string makes an excellent hinge replacement for a Zippo lighter.


sIx


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: Cluin
Date: 09 Aug 05 - 02:02 AM


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 09 Aug 05 - 02:37 AM

There are numerous uses for old strings that may be a bit past recycling for musical use. Unfortunately the accumulation of old bits and pieces quickly outstrips the occasions one which on of those uses arises.

An oft noted use is that any wound string is just about the right "tooth" for getting behind those little foam pad "*supervisor stickies" used to mount things, to "saw" them loose. Enough tooth to cut the foam, but usually smooth enough not to do much damage to whatever they were stuck to.

*supervisor = because it's "two faced." Trade jargon from the shops. Also called "double-sticky."

I've had a few people ask for old ones for "art projects" but I don't know enough artists to get rid of all of them - especially with my habit of putting new ones on every two or three years. Maybe I'm changing them too often.

John


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Aug 05 - 07:54 AM

Take'm off, boil them in a pan for 5 minutes, put them back on. Look (and sound) clean and bright


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: 12string growler
Date: 09 Aug 05 - 10:56 AM

I once new an amateur radio chappy that made an experimental antenna from one of my old 54 gauge bronze wound strings. He reckoned it worked better than the commercially made antenna that came with his transmitter.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: Leadfingers
Date: 10 Aug 05 - 08:37 AM

You're supposed to CHANGE them ??


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 10 Aug 05 - 08:50 AM

Leadfingers -

Someone told me they should be changed regularly, so of course I immediately stocked up on strings so I'd be able to change them if I ever needed to. The only problem is that when I decided it was time to change, the "new" ones that had been laying in the case for a while looked a lot worse than the ones I'd been playing on.

It's amazing what unidentifiable "stuff" will grow on clean metal - in a couple of years.

I think it's a myth propagated by string manufacturers just to boost sales.

I'm also a bit miffed with these recycler guys. When I offered one of them a pretty good set of mando strings at a festival a few years ago he declined to take them. He said "we only do guitar strings" in a tone that implied "only real instruments."

SNOBS!

John


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Subject: RE: Old Strings
From: RangerSteve
Date: 10 Aug 05 - 09:17 AM

If the manufacturers wanted us to change the strings, then they would have put different strings on in the first place.


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