Mad cows

By Miranda Wilson

There’s been a bemusing EU diktat on the permissible uses of certain parts of animals that could end up banning the production of gut strings for early musicians for fear of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, or mad cow disease. I don’t use gut strings myself, but as an enthusiastic fan of historically informed performance practitioners, I can see that such a ban would be disastrous. I don’t know if anyone in America produces gut strings, but this could be their big chance to increase profits, I suppose.

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