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28 October 2010

Equal Tension - a critical view on Speer, De Colco and Mozart's stringing advice

Equal Tension (ET) stringing is an historically informed idea which has been gaining in popularity among the followers of HIP since over 15 years by now. Several sources such as Mersene, De Colco, Mozart, Speer and others talk about equal-tension stringing in terms of equal kilograms exerted on the string longitudinally. Dowland, Mace and several other well known sources however talk about Equal Feel, that is not tension per se but how the strings "feel" when downward pressure of the bow or the fingers is exerted on them.