Phosphorus in Antique Iron Music Wire

  title={Phosphorus in Antique Iron Music Wire},
  author={Martha Goodway},
  pages={927 - 932}
  • M. Goodway
  • Published 22 May 1987
  • Materials Science
  • Science
Harpsichords and other wire-strung musical instruments were made with longer strings about the beginning of the 17th century. This change required stronger music wire. Although these changes coincided with the introduction of the first mass-produced steel (iron alloyed with carbon), carbon was not found in samples of antique iron harpsichord wire. The wire contained an amount of phosphorus sufficient to have impeded its conversion to steel, and may have been drawn from iron rejected for this… 

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