Bass string winding with antique machinery

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Marc points this bit of maker zen documenting the how a string is wound on a circa-1850 machine. From the vid’s author, Stefan Schafft

Many people say to me, it is impossible to make good strings with such a machine.
But I can tell you, the strings are perfect. Ok, It takes a time but it`s great to work like in the 19th century

They certainly don’t make ’em like they used to. Check out Discovery’s video on the modern guitar string-making process –


6 thoughts on “Bass string winding with antique machinery

  1. Sean says:

    Notice how the base machine really hasn’t changed. Its just two hooks that spin synchronusly. The major changes are in input materials and peripherals.

    1. Collin Cunningham says:

      that is true – of course manual operation is a major diff as well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where do you go to find such a winding machine?  I have been looking for about 5 years.  Automatic machines cost $25,000 and up new and would be more than we need.  This would be perfect.  PeterHolmbeck@embarqmail.com Thanks.

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