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How to string a Koto

 
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thanh
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Joined: 25 Aug 2013
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Location: Zurich, Switzerland

PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:39 pm    Post subject: How to string a Koto Reply with quote

Hi Guise!

I'm always asking myself how do i string my koto if i have to replace it?
Can you explain it to me?

See you soon!

Tran Thanh Huy Very Happy
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Vi_An
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Joined: 27 Jul 2005
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Location: Calgary, AB CANADA

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

This is one of the most difficult things to do in the world, well, one of the most difficult things to achieve as it requires training, so I suggest buying a flight to Japan, seek out a koto master luthier and learn how.

I have had my roommate luthier friend string one of my old kotos before and he is pretty good at everything, he did it to the best of his abilities and succeeded but it was NOT easy. The koto was too old and too damaged to be able to hold the tension required, so eventually it was no longer worth it to keep the strings maintained.

What you'll find about the Asian long zither world is how difficult it is to find comprehensive material in English about such topics as stringing, making etc etc etc etc etc.

I think it has improved greatly since I started on this journey in 1990, it has grown quite a bit but still not as much as most things out in the world-wide-web.
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