Guitar and fiddle strings
At last night’s session one of the musicians (guitarist / fiddler / banjo player) asked me why fiddle strings are a lot more expensive than guitar or banjo strings. That question had never occurred to me and I didn’t have an answer.
Some ideas came to me later. Is it because fiddle strings are bowed, not plucked, and therefore need a special kind of construction over guitar strings? Or is it because the string makers do a lot of expensive research trying to achieve the holy grail of getting non-gut strings to sound like gut (when the evidence today is that a lot of players are quite happy with strings that don’t sound in the least like gut)? Or is it "market forces"?
Does someone have an answer, please - no matter how technical?