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Sheep Gut Strings

Posted on August 29, 2015 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (4)

So I wanted to talk a little bit about a new item on the harp market that was brought to my attention by a Venus harp technitian. Apparently there have been a few scares in the last couple of years about using cow gut strings because of the random outbreaks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy or better known as "mad cow disease." Yes, apparently this is still an issue in some parts of the world and a representative of Bow Brands strings claimed it should be a serious consideration when purchasing your gut strings. While this won't deter the majority of us from purchasing our beloved bow brand and burgandy gut strings it is worth noting that there is an alternative. Venus is now endorseing a brand of strings that using sheep gut instead of cow. This brand is known as "sterling strings" and is sold largely on Venus' sister website valkyriecordes.com. It is worth noting, however, that when I tried to look at the strings on this website it seemed like there was a page error, or perhaps they haven't updated in a while. Either way Sterling Strings might be something to look into, especially if you are a concerned teacher or parent. There has not been any known cases of contracting mad cow disease from gut strings, but then do you want to take the chance? The choice is yours, it's just nice to know there is a good and safe alternative.