Hio folks! JackPeters wrote:
>Where do you find hard drawn BR copper in small wire sizes. I had
>about this 20 or so years ago when I was having trouble getting my
>Barton copies up to modern pitch. The stuff I found as silvery white
>had a very nice sound and was just enough stronger for the 10 3/4
>as I recall.
Two points: BeCu wire is no stronger than brass: it breaks at about
the same pitch. It's use, in its heyday back in the 50s and 60s,
(like phosphor-bronze) was to replace brass which, in the polluted
atmosphere of cities in those days, broke very frequently.
Also, the Barton's c ' ' is 11 3/4" not 10 3/4" which makes it a
short-scaled iron wire instrument. Voss sounds very good with that
scaling even at 415 pitch. The thing that most surprised me was that
you don't hear any pitch-drop at the pluck. Malcolm Rose has copied
the Barton, and reported that strung with his iron (well -low carbon
steel) wire, he also found the tone very good.