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OPEN WOUND “AD” STRINGS (silvered copper open wound)

It can be mounted on these instruments

pardessus

Pardessus (Gamba family)

 basso barocco

Bass (baroque) (Gamba family)

violino

Violin, viola, cello (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

On the other hand silvered copper wound strings are recommended:
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

For more information

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

PRICES FOR OPEN WOUND “AD” STRINGS (silvered copper open wound) FOR PARDESSUS

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

Note string type string length (cm) euros (excluding iva-vat-tva for UE customer) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
c open wound “AD” 120 16,00 (120 equiv gut)
Code 91AD
(128 equiv gut)
Code 92AD

PRICES FOR OPEN WOUND “AD” STRINGS (silvered copper open wound) FOR PARDESSUS

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

Note string type string length (cm) vibrating string lenght (cm) euros (excluding iva-vat-tva for UE customer) Medium Tension Heavy Tension
c open wound “AD” 120 70 28,00 (160 equiv gut)
Codice 115 AD
(165 equiv gut)
Code 116AD

PRICES FOR OPEN WOUND “AD” STRINGS (silvered copper open wound) FOR Violin, viola, cello

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

Note string type euros (excluding iva-vat-tva for UE customer) Light Tension Medium Tension Heavy Tension
d open wound “AD” 16,00 (108 equiv gut)
Code 1AD
(112 equiv gut)
Code 2AD
(116 equiv gut)
Code 3AD
Recent comments

Michael Curry – USA
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Vi vorrei rivolgere i miei più sentiti complimenti per il lavoro che svolgete, e il senso di orgoglio che mi compisce nel pensare che un’azienda italiana lavori in questo modo. Ho iniziato a suonare anche grazie a Voi, e questo ve lo devo.
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