Revelations to a string cleaning freak
This is a story for all who like brilliantly spiky ringing roundwound sound:
I used to apply Dr. Duck's on my OM strings after playing, until I ran out of the stuff and my dealer had run out, too. I then switched to Dunlop 65 (ordered 5 bottles to save on shipping costs). I thought it was even better because there was much more black stuff coming off the strings upon cleaning them. Lately, three things happened:
- I ran out of Dunlop 65
- the dealer had Dr. Duck's again
- viewing my older videos, I noticed that my instrument seemed to sound brighter then than it did today; in fact, my OM sounded more and more dull to me despite all the cleaning and I thought of changing strings prematurely.
Then I started using Dr. Duck's again and WHOA! suddenly my strings sounded like I changed them today! I seemed to hold a whole new instrument in my hands.
Now, thinking about this conundrum, I came up with the following explanation:
Dunlop 65 is so aggressive that it not only removes sweat, fat and dirt but also eats away at the metal surfaces themselves, thus removing one kind of residue but creating a different kind of residue on the way (the black stuff).
Bottom line: if your string cleaner isn't getting you anywhere, try another.
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