This might be an unusual review:
So, I did not use this for its expressed purpose. Instead, I cut the snake of spring steel into about 3 dozen lengths to use as tines for homemade thumb pianos (kalimbas, mbiras, what have you, look ’em up, you’ll probably recognize them)
The plastic casing stated that it contained some gnarly pthalates that are good for wreaking havoc on the human body, but it was assembled rather like Legos and came apart very easily, no crushing or cracking required. So that came off and went into the recycling, maybe to be turning into some other weird plastic mess, maybe to be dissolved into toxic goo, I don’t know, it’s probably not recyclable.
Anyway, the spring steel uncoiled and I worked from there. It’s not the best quality spring steel – it’s not the best quality steel, period – but it keeps its form pretty well, and if you apply extra pressure, it’ll keep that new form well too. For keys on a hand piano, it works so far. For that purpose however, the steel ribbon is a bit too wide, half a centimeter I think, and so these are all decidedly for bass tones.
Affixed to a cigar box with an ugly, homemade nut, elevated and secured, it really does sound just fine. Some luck (or more likely, skill) is required, as many of them sound buzzy – still cool, just in a noise-genre sort of way. But hey, it’s working out. Next time, I’d buy a spool of smaller fish tape. The thickness is good for this application, but yeah, maybe a bit too wide.
Also, I have no idea what I’m doing. Anyway, great cable snake.