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Left-click on my name in the little data box on the left and pick "Private Message" from the pop-up box.

If that doesn't work, let me know and I'll send you an email address.
 

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I don’t have a computer, and am not having any luck figuring out how to PM you on my iPhone. Perhaps it’s because I’m a new member. Can you give me your e-mail? In addition to the photo I’ll see if I can find his birth and death dates, and any other info that might be useful to you. Thanks!
 
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Okay, I sent you an email address by PM. If you can get on TC then you should have those functions available to you. I can't give my email out that can be seen by anybody who happens to log in. It has to be done privately or I can't do it. Hopefully, this should work.
 

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I don't grasp the rationale with the thick gut strings.

Early bowed instrument had gut strings before strings got overspun with metal wire and optionally got a core of metal or polymer. Gut strings were thicker because the material is less dense than metal.

But the material change can be made at identical mass hence tension, and I suppose it was done so, since an instrument doesn't accept any arbitrary string tension.

Then, why should pressing thick gut strings on the board, or bowing them, need any bigger effort?

Occasionally to play ancient music, violinists equip their instrument with gut strings, as these sound much less brilliant, and I never heard about a bigger effort from the violinists.
 
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I don't grasp the rationale with the thick gut strings.

Then, why should pressing thick gut strings on the board, or bowing them, need any bigger effort?
The string action was set quite high because the thickness of the string would otherwise vibrate against the fingerboard.

Two factors are involved with bass frequencies on strings:

a. The thicker the string, the less length it requires to play a low frequency tone. This also requires a good deal of tautness in the string.

b. Inversely, the longer the string, the less thickness it requires to play that same tone. The string is also less taut.

Only the a. option was workable. To use longer strings to avoid the thickness issue wasn't practical. They had to make the strings thicker. The thicker they are, the tighter the string has to be. The tighter the string is, the more exaggerated its vibration. The more exaggerated the vibration, the higher up the action has to be to give it room to vibrate. The higher the action, the more force required to stop the strong against the fingerboard.

Does that answer your question? I might be misinterpreting what you're asking.

As for modern period instruments, gut strings for basses now are far superior than gut strings of the 18th and 19th centuries. They don't even make gut strings like that anymore. And the thickness issue isn't nearly as big a deal with violins than basses because, obviously, violins don't need to go so low.
 

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It worked! I sent the photo, along with birth and death dates, to your e-mail address, hopefully it went through OK (be sure to check your spam or junk folder if you don’t see it). Shoot me an email back to let me know you got it ok, also I have more family history related to Herman I can share. Happy Holidays!
 
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Yes, thank you so much!! At long last, I finally have a face to go with the name! I'll tkae whatever other info you may have. A great way to end 2020! Cheers!
 

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Hello Again! Forgive me, I was waiting for a response through my regular e-mail and just now thought to check back here. I’ll put some info together as soon as I can and send it along. It’s a fascinating history, and such an honor to be related to such a musical giant. So glad my Mom shared this photo with me!
 
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