Argh. Just bent up a landing gear for a model plane. 1/8" "Music wire" from K&S. Nominally the same thing, except one was the tail-end of an older piece, and one was brand spanking new.
The new piece is _soft_ -- more welding rod that nice hard music wire. I had noticed this before with some 1/16" stock, but it didn't penetrate my poor thick skull. K&S is obviously going down the "consumers are stupid" route.
Any ideas on where I might best get good old fashioned three-foot straight pieces of music wire? I see that McMaster has it -- in one foot lengths, and Small Parts has it -- mostly in six foot lengths. I can deal with the odd length issue, but I'd sure like to order with confidence that I'm getting something decent, not just the same metallic noodles that I can get from the local hobby shop.