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    luckyofthedraw
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    For a long time I was under the belief that strings on violins like precious Stratos and 17th century ones were made from rumor had it cat guts, but according to latest online information that is not true, being a cat lover myself and I have two wonderful ones a brother and sister he a tabby and she a calico, anyway I was always turned off to violin playing because of knowing this, can someone please tell me if this was ever true?
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    dilawless54
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    Wikipedia says: Catgut is a type of cord[1] that is prepared from the natural fibre found in the walls of animal intestines.[2] Catgut makers usually use sheep or goat intestines, but occasionally use the intestines of cattle,[3] hogs, horses, mules, or donkeys.[4] Despite the name, catgut manufacturers do not use cat intestines.
    Common uses[edit]
    For a long time, catgut was the most common material for the strings of harps, lutes, violins, violas and cellos, acoustic guitars and other stringed musical instruments, as well as older marching snare drums. Most musical instruments produced today use strings with cores made of other materials, generally steel or synthetic polymer. Gut strings are the natural choice for many classical and baroque string players,[citation needed] and gut strings are still most commonly preferred in concert-tension pedal/grand and some lever harps because they give a richer, darker sound as well as withstanding high tension within low alto, tenor, and high-bass ranges.[citation needed] Acoustic guitars moved away from gut strings in the early 1900s when the C. F. Martin & Company introduced steel strings. These gave greater volume to the guitar. “The demand for steel came from ensemble players, who couldn’t make themselves heard clearly without it.”[8] Within a few years the majority of Martin guitars were made with steel strings to accommodate the demand.

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    rebecca
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    It is also difficult to find gut strings by today’s standards; I did research on violin strings both gut and synthetic core. Gut strings are a natural fiber and are effected by heat and humidity and have a relatively short string life, meaning that the best sound quality only lasts a few years at best. Synthetic strings last longer and are not effected by temperature changes or moisture. Because the best sound can be heard on steel or synthetic strings for a longer time, these types of strings are typically found on student violins and new instruments. Rest assured that your tabby and calico cats are safe from today’s string market. I love cats and would only play on synthetic strings because I like the warm sound that wrapped polymer strings produce.

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