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CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound)

It can be mounted on these instruments

pardessus

Pardessus (Gamba family)

treble

Treble (Gamba family)

 tenore

Tenor (Gamba family)

basso barocco

Bass (baroque) (Gamba family)

violone

G, D Violone (Gamba family)

violino

Violin, viola, cello (Violin Family)

viola d'amore

Viola d’amore (Violin Family)

contrabbasso

Doublebass (Violin Family)

INTRODUCTION

We conceived our “F” (pure silver close wound), “FD” (pure silver open wound); “A” (silvered copper close wound), “AD” (silvered copper open wound) type-strings with the aim of recovering the typical materials and proportions of the wound strings in use in the 18th and 19th century (round wires, no silk between the metal wire and the gut-core): rather different from modern strings, as supported by historical sources and by measurements taken from many original string fragments in museums.

Hereby we would also like to remind you to use our “C” type loaded gut strings when performing late 16th and hearly 17th century music; our “FD” and “AD” types on French 18th Century-repertoires (3rd D Violine; 4th Bass Viola da Gamba C); in the strictest respect to historical authenticity.

Pure silver or silvered copper wires?

What are the differences between the wound strings of pure silver ( F and FD types) and the ones in silvered copper ( A and AF Types) ?

1) The pure silver, being a heavier metal than copper makes necessary to use a wire slightly thinner than those of copper. This brings to a lower noise -attack of the string under the bow.

2) On the wound silvered copper strings, the protective deposit of silver (which serves only to protect the underlying copper from rapid oxidation) is only ten, twenty microns. This means that in a few weeks or few months (depending on how and how much you press the string and the type of sweat) in the contact point with your fingers the deposit of silver is consumed, leaving out the copper. At this point, the string begins rapidly to become brownish- green. In the case of strings wound with pure silver this does not happen. In other words, pure silver wound strings last much longer.

3) Silvered copper wound strings are cheaper than the ones wound in pure silver

4) There is not a substantial improvement in acoustic power using strings wound with pure silver

In conclusion, the strings wound ​​of pure silver are suggested in all cases in which:

a) we are dealing with fine musical instruments

b) the instrument is used by professionals players and not amateurs

c) if you are looking for a long lasting string

a) for students where the cost factor is crucial

c) in the case of cheap musical instruments

d) if sweat of the fingers is very low

CARATTERISTICHE COSTRUTTIVE E CAMPO DI APPLICAZIONE

For more information

For more information read our FAQ and also Bow Wound Strings: our criterias

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR PARDESSUS

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type Lunghezza di corda (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
G Wound “F” 120 22,00 97F (160 budello equiv) 98F (165 budello equiv)

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR TREBLE

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type Lunghezza di corda (cm) lunghezza vibrante (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
G Wound “F” 120 38 22,00 101F (150 budello equiv.) 102F (160 budello equiv.)
D Wound “F” 120 38 26,00 105F (210 budello equiv.) 106F (220 budello equiv.)

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR TENOR

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type Lunghezza di corda (cm) lunghezza vibrante (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
C Wound “F” 120 56 33,00 109F(170 budello equiv.) 110F (180 budello equiv.)
G Wound “F” 120 56 36,00 113F (240 budello equiv.) 114F (260 budello equiv.)

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR BASS (BAROQUE)

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type Lunghezza di corda (cm) lunghezza vibrante (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
G Wound “F” 120 70 33,00 Medium (200 budello equiv)
code 121F
Heavy(210 budello equiv)
code 122F
D Wound “F” 120 70 37,00 Medium (270 budello equiv)
code 125F
Heavy (280 budello equiv)
code 126F
AA Wound “F” 120 70 40,00 Medium (360 budello equiv)
code 129F
Heavy (370 budello equiv)
code 130F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR G, D VIOLONE (FOR DD- VIOLONE)

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type Lunghezza di corda (cm) lunghezza vibrante (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
C Wound “F” 180 95 70,00 133F (300 budello equiv) 134F (320 budello equiv)
GG Wound “F” 180 95 88,00 137F (420 budello equiv) 138F (440 budello equiv)
DD Wound “F” 180 95 115,00 141F (540 budello equiv) 142F (580 budello equiv)

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR D, G VIOLONE (FOR GG- VIOLONE)

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type Lunghezza di corda (cm) lunghezza vibrante (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
C Wound “F” 180 85 70,00 145F (320 budello equiv) 146F (330 budello equiv)
GG Wound “F” 180 95 88,00 149F (420 budello equiv) 150F (430 budello equiv)

VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO: STANDARD SETS

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR BAROQUE VIOLIN

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension Heavy Tension
G Wound “F” 22,00 Light (155 budello equiv)
code 10F
Medium (160 budello equiv)
code 11F
Heavy (165 budello equiv)
code 12F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR BAROQUE VIOLA

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension Heavy Tension
g Wound “F” 23,00 Light (160 budello equiv)
code 22F
Medium (165 budello equiv)
code 23F
Heavy (170 budello equiv)
code 24F
C Wound “F” 28,00 Light (220 budello equiv)
code 28F
Medium (230 budello equiv)
code 29F
Heavy (240 budello equiv)
code 30F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR BAROQUE CELLO

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension Heavy Tension
G Wound “F” 36,00 Light (240 budello equiv)
code 46F
Medium (250 budello equiv)
code 47F
Heavy (260 budello equiv)
code 48F
C Wound “F” 42,00 Light (360 budello equiv)
code 52F
Medium (380 budello equiv)
code 53F
Heavy (390 budello equiv)
code 54F

VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO: HISTORICAL SETS (GAUGES DEVELOPED ACCORDING TO ACTUAL HISTORICAL SOURCES)

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR BAROQUE VIOLIN

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension Heavy Tension
G Wound “F” 22,00 Light (170 budello equiv)
code 16F
Medium (175 budello equiv)
code 17F
Heavy (180 budello equiv)
code 18F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR BAROQUE VIOLA

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension Heavy Tension
g Wound “F” 23,00 Light (170 budello equiv)
code 34F
Medium (175 budello equiv)
code 35F
Heavy (180 budello equiv)
code 36
C Wound “F” 28,00 Light (260 budello equiv)
code 40F
Medium (270 budello equiv)
code 41F
Heavy (275 budello equiv)
code 42F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR BAROQUE CELLO

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension Heavy Tension
G Wound “F” 36,00 Light (245 budello equiv)
code 58F
Medium (255 budello equiv)
code 59F
Heavy (275 budello equiv)
code 60F
C Wound “F” 46,00 Light (365 budello equiv)
code 64F
Medium (375 budello equiv)
code 65F
Heavy (410 budello equiv)
code 66F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR VIOLA D’AMORE

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type lunghezza di corda (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
a Wound “F” 120 23,00 Medium (145 budello equiv)
code 162F
Heavy (150 budello equiv)
code 163F
D Wound “F” 120 28,00 Medium (210 budello equiv)
code 166F
Heavy (220 budello equiv)
code 167F
A Wound “F” 120 32,00 Medium (280 budello equiv)
code 170F
Heavy (295 budello equiv)
code 171F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR DOUBLE BASS

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type lunghezza di corda (cm) lunghezza vibrante (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension Heavy Tension
AA Wound “F” 180 105 92,00 Light
(400 budello equiv)
code 76F
Medium
(420 budello equiv)
code 77F
Heavy
(460 budello equiv)
code 78F
EE Wound “F” 180 105 118,00 Light
(540 budello equiv)
code 82F
Medium
(580 budello equiv)
code 83F
Heavy
(620 budello equiv)
code 84F
DD/CC: on request only Wound “F” 180 105 140,00 Light
(680 budello equiv)
code 88F
Medium
(730 budello equiv)
code 89F
Heavy
(780 budello equiv)
code 90F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR DOUBLEBASS (WIENNER TUNING)

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type lunghezza di corda (cm) euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension
D Wound “F” 180 86,00 Light
(345 budello equiv)
code 153F
Medium (370 budello equiv)
code 154F
AA Wound “F” 180 100,00 Light
(460 budello equiv)
code 157F
Medium (495 budello equiv)
code 158F

PRICES FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F STRINGS (pure silver close wound) FOR JAZZ DOUBLEBASS

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

Note string type euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) Light Tension Medium Tension
LA Wound “F” 92,00 code 3CON code 4CON
MI Wound “F” 118,00 code 7CON code 8CON

FULL SET PRICE FOR CLOSE WOUND GUT TYPE F (pure silver close wound) FOR JAZZ DOUBLEBASS

Minimum order: 50 euros excluding IVA / VAT / TAV (except UE customers)

code set type euros excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers) on this amount the is a 20 % discount
9 CON Basses: ‘F’ type pure silver 343,00 20%
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