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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000653.txt from 2004/08

From: "Lelia Loban" <>
Subj: [kl] Period Performance in Wagner?
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 20:33:13 -0400

I wrote,
>(Yipes, I hope Shadow Cat didn't read that!)
>Kevin (my violin-playing husband) says that
>modern and period gut strings have always
>been made of sheep gut, not cat gut. According
>to our friend the violin repairman, nobody can
>quite figure out where that cat gut myth got
>started, though it's been following fiddlers
>around for more than two hundred years!

Joseph D. Vaccarino wrote,
>>The answer to that interesting question can be
>>found on the following web site.
>>You will have to "Enter" the site and navigate to the
>>"Our History" link.

Thanks for the link! That's a much better story than the other
explanations I've seen. It's even weird enough to make sense, in the
historic context. (If I'd been making violin strings back in the day, I
don't think I'd have mentioned cats at all, since calling to mind any
association with the Dark Side might have reminded those of extremely
righteous zeal that the Devil plays the fiddle.) I passed the link along
to my husband.

Lelia Loban
More trees, less Bush: Kerry and Edwards in 2004!


Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 15:30:05 -0400
From: "Shadow Cat" <>
Subject: [kl] Period Performance in Wagner?
Message-ID: <13x666=mousepiece9>

I'm making my stupid pet human type this.

Mark Charette wrote,
>>>Tell Shadow Cat you'll start playing shamisen
>>>next -- (we know what kind of skin the
>>>high-quality shamisens use)

No, we don't, and I'm censoring that little item out of her e-mail, right
hissing now!

Shadow Cat

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