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From BBC

A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings.



Great idea... but the second para reads "The strings are said to have a "soft and profound timbre" relative to traditional gut or steel strings." Not sure I agree that the soft and profound is applicable to steel srings...more research coming no doubt. ...cheers, Mat

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Im almost sure silk strings used to be advertised for violins decades ago (early 20th century)

I don't know but they were probably silkworm silk strings since it was already a huge market and people had no trouble making thread with it. But spider silk seem to possess better properties to make violin strings (more resistant at a given diameter and more elastic). I have just read a small article where researchers engineered silkworms to produce silk with some of the spider web proteins. I believe this would be a better approach than transgenic sheep since the bombyx naturally produce the worm/spider thread while one has to purify the spider silk protein from the sheep milk and polymerise it etc,,... and it's quite time consuming. Let's see... :)

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It's definitely a fraction size violin (1/4 or 1/2), but whether it's the one played or not is unclear. Maybe for their trial they couldn't get strings long enough for a full size. I can't really comment on the strings but the sound seems to lack power. If it's really a fraction size, then it could be expected though.

Edit. Unless the man is the tallest man in the world... :)

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