Nylon vs. Nylgut for Lap Harp?

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    Aria on #205848

    I’m in the USA.

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    Aria on #205850

    In regards to the Nylgut I’m in touch with a U.S. distributor who is helping me out.   It will be a while before I receive the strings to try.   I’ve heard others say they didn’t like the tone of the Nylgut.  However, I understand that it stretches like crazy and you have to leave it on the instrument, tuning it for at least a week before evaluating the true tone quality.  Some people try it one day, hate it, and take it off immediately.   Maybe it just won’t sound great on a harp.  But I am going to give a try.    Savarez is the next step for me if Nylgut doesn’t work.

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    wil-weten on #205870

    @ Aria, there’s Nylgut (manufactured and sold by Aquila Corde Armoniche), Silkgut (manufactured as well by Aquila, but sold as Bow Brand Silkgut). According to Aquila, the difference with Nylgut is that Silkgut feels a bit stiffer than Nylgut.

    The material that keeps stretching for a long time, is carbon (fluorocarbon). This sounds quite different from Nylgut and you will need a much smaller diameter to get the same string tension (there are conversiontables for this) . I love my Savarez carbon strings between wire strings and gut strings.

    For me carbon sounds great on strings where gut would sound dull, that is too say, when te string lenght is  too short for gut. I haven’t got any experience with nylgut except for the most high sounding strings and there I prefer gut. Gut just sounds more lively (though is more vulnerable for breakage).

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    wil-weten on #205873

    @ Aria, if you provide Savarez with the diameter and preferably also the sounding length of all your strings, they will be happy to provide you with a corresponding table of carbon strings.

    When I asked them a question a few years ago (in my best French) they provided me with a kind answer in English. 🙂

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    Aria on #205887

    Alright, I’ve downloaded the music makers spread sheet with instructions and I’m going to attempt it!

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    Aria on #205903

    I’ve had a chance to use the music makers spreadsheet and it is really helpful.   I think things are starting to make sense now that I can see it all visually.   I’m reading back over all the comments and it much clearer.  Thank you Biago for that link!

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    Biagio on #205945

    You are very welcome Aria.  It is a handy little tool to have in a harper’s kit I really do believe, if for no other reason than to help in evaluating a new harp before purchase.  Sound samples don’t tell the full story:-)

    Incidentally, if a string type (such as Nylgut or yellow brass) is not included in the default list I just “cheat the sheet” by plugging the correct parameters (density and tensile strength) into an unused string type.  OK,  not elegant but it does the job:-)

     

    Happy harping,

    Biagio

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