Experimental Strings Data


Here you will find all relevant information pertaining to the experimental strings that I have made and tested so far. These strings feature a wide variety of materials, and different construction methods that may not currently be implemented for commercial strings. The goals of this endeavor includes: characterizing various construction methods and their effects on timbre, characterizing how minute changes in a string-making process can alter the timbre, comparing various materials and methods as alternatives for strings, looking at alternative string materials and topologies to better optimize current qin string technology, and provide a general and in-depth study into strings with the hopes of better understanding their complex nature at their most fundamental level. The trials listed are trials of interest that survived the string making process and are well tested, in order to show a progression to current best designs for a particular string, as well as show differences in varying parameters between iteration and their effect on tone. I will continue to add more string trials and data as I conduct more experiments, and update the links for each of these string trials to their own dedicated data page as I complete them. To see the actual microscopic pictures of these strings, you can visit the Experimental Strings Pics page.


Nylon Strings – Rope Twisted Cores

Trial #4

Trial #5

Trial #6

Trial #7

Trial #10

Trial #11

Trial #13 (current best design for string #7)

Trial #24 (current best design for string #6)

Trial #28 (current design for string #5)


Polyester Strings – Rope Twisted Cores

Trial #14

Trial #16 (current best design for string #7)

Trial #18

Trial #19

Trial #20

Trial #21

Trial #22 (current best design for string #6)