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Nicolo Paganini and gut strings: the history of a happy find

I came across the article below by Mimmo Peruffo on this website. It tells the story of some gut strings that were discovered and that can possibly be connected with Paganini. On the website there is also a nice section describing how modern gut strings are made. Interesting, but also slightly disturbing...

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Thanks to a series of fortunate circumstances, abetted by the tenacity of Dr Tatiana Berford, correspondent in Novgorod of the Istituto di Studi Paganiniani in Genoa, and later of Dr Philippe Xavier Borer of Boudry (Switzerland) on a communication by Dr Maria Prestia Sanfilippo (the former director of the Ufficio Promozione Città Turismo e Spettacolo), a series of finds from Paganini's day have recently been discovered in Genoa. 

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Guide to choosing and using strings for violins, violas and cellos

With the large selection of strings available nowadays, it is becoming increasingly difficult for a string player to choose the right strings for his/her needs. And with rising costs and economic woes experimentation is also not a realistic approach. I came across this guide that might be useful to narrow down your list of potential string choices. This article is by Richard Ward of Ifshin Violins in Berkeley California.  It first appeared in Strings Magazine several years ago and has been updated and posted on the Ifshin Violins site at http://www.ifshinviolins.com/features_guide.html

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