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Andy Simpson

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Re: Playing with fiddle
« Reply #40 on: May 21, 2010, 07:41:38 PM »

Yes, sheep and goats but I think that story's actually apocryphal. Cats entered the equation either with a corruption of "kitgut", (kit = fiddle), or from early bass strings made from smaller strings twisted together called catlins or catlines that derived their name from a type of nautical rope.

Hardingfele sympathetic strings are actually steel anyway so any Norwegian cats that were reading this thread and getting worried can now breathe a sigh of relief. ;D
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Chris Ryall

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Re: Playing with fiddle
« Reply #41 on: May 21, 2010, 10:00:50 PM »

Nice explanation - but 'catgut' is quite definitely an English term too.  And haven't we separated sheep from goats already in the present Hermeto Pascoal thread?  ;)  I personally feel Colin may have been experimenting with a little joke :|glug
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