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Old 2007-08-31, 08:12
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The thread title caught my eye because I've heard this for guitar strings for about 35 years. One thing you might try since it seems they don't last long after boiling is to hit them after you think they've dried with a blow drier or set them someplace where they can evaporate totally and quickly. Water might make the internal string weaker and rust faster causing the breakage. You might even try using rubbing alcohol or peroxide instead of water. It would probably clean the dead skin off and not leave a residue. No need to boil. Don't get it near the finish of your instruments until you're sure they're completely dry. Just some thoughts.
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