The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65441   Message #1080031
Posted By: Seamus Kennedy
26-Dec-03 - 12:42 AM
Thread Name: Black Diamond Strings
Subject: RE: Black Diamond Strings
The felt picks were for ukelele playing.
I used Black diamond strings when I first came to the US in 1970.
I'd boil them with a little baking soda and vinegar to clean them, and get another 3 or 4 nights out of them.
I also learned the art of string repair on the fly.
If a ball-end string broke at the bridge, I'd remove the bridge pin. and take out the ball-end.
Then I'd unwind the string from the tuning peg, strip off some
of the winding at the ball-end, thread it through the ball, wind it a couple of times, and insert it back into the bridge hole. Push the bridge-pin back in, insert the string back into the tuning peg and tune. Voila! A new string.
All the while telling a shaggy dog story, the punchline of which came as I just finished tuning the busted string.
And....I can still do it.