Sad for you, my first red string is still on my tenor without problems. It is true that you have to tune it more then usual but with my ears it means nothing, I like the sound and it is free from unwanted noises.
I really enjoyed that article Margaret, and I’;m very curious about how the whole thing works. I don’;t believe we have anything like that here in Montreal. Is it a non-profit organization? Does everyone contribute? How do you join?