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Old 03-03-2004, 05:46 AM   #12
Steve Huff
Join Date: Feb 2004
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The idea that thinner strings produce tighter stringbeds comes from the idea that there is less friction when pulling the crosses. But, the thicker string makes up for that by the tightened cross string displacing the main string more, making it tighter. The study Gaines refers to about some thinner strings creating stiffer stringbeds should be clarified. It's more that some thinner strings reach the end of their elasticity sooner, so appear to feel stiffer. In diagrams of their study, they show that the string's polymers line up in single file faster (can't stretch any further). Does that make it stiffer, or just near the end of the line?
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