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Pictures nr. 1, 2 :  Aquila high twist gut strings
Pictures nr. 3 and 4 : Giovanni Pietro Pinaroli "Polyanthea Technica ..." Rome 1718-32
Pictures nr. 5 and 6 : Opening pages of the statute of the Roman Strings Makers'Guild, Rome 1642 (Biblioteca Angelica, Rome)
 
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Minimum order

40 euros (VAT non included)

 

 
INTRODUCTION
The origin of the employment of gut to make musical strings is lost in the mists of time. Along the centuries manufacturing techniques were gradually refined until they reached the perfection unanimously recognized as the trademark of Italian and French stringmakers in the 17th to 19th century.
The scope of our work, supported by constant research and painstaking experimentation, is to offer natural gut strings produced by modern craftsmen working in the ancient Italian/French string-makers manufacturing criteria that for centuries has been passed on from one generation to the next, sure to offer you the very best of our tradition and aiming to reach the magic of sound that only gut, of all materials, can achieve.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND FIELD OF APPLICATION

First choice plain gut strings for general use in high and mid registers. All strings more than 0.50 mm. in diameter are exclusively high twist and undergo a specific processing aiming to ensure maximum elasticity and grant the best acoustical performance, ease of attack and long playing life, as proven by many acoustics and wear-and-tear tests.

The new product we offer instead of the varnished gut strings are the semi-rectified strings (HR types) .

String -varnishing is a modern treatment which was never used historically (gut strings were kept in olive or almond oil) and its sole purpose is granting a longer string playing life. But this happens at the cost of other aspects, the most important being a loss of sound quality, brightness for example, but also the bowing attack is not as efficient as with unvarnished gut.
The surface of the demi- rectified strings is only partly rectified, imitating  the manual polishing techique of the time just to obtain a true string.
With this method the amount of fibers damaged by the abrasive action is noticeably reduced as compared with strings rectified with modern procedures. The advantages are: better stability against climatic changes, longer playing life and better acoustic performance.
We tested these strings for a long time: they best imitate historic hand- polishing in that they damage only a small amount of gut fibers as compared with current rectifying methods.
The advantages are:
an improved stability by climatic changes, longer playing life (similar to those of the vernished ones) and superior acoustical performance.
Owing to the special manufacturing technique employed in the production of the demi-rectified string type, the diameters in this table indicate a mean value.
E.g. a 66 string indicates, in fact, a possible diameter-window between 65 and 67.


 
Please notice
Gut is liable to suffer from cutting edges. Before stringing the instrument do make sure the nut and bridge are free from sharp edges and the nut grooves not too deep and perfectly smooth.
You can get rid of sharp edges with very fine grit sandpaper (600, for example) or the finest steelwool (000).
The best sound quality develops when the strings have completely set, which may ordinarily take sometime. To achieve a stable intonation in just a few minutes you can repeatedly pinch each string at midlength with your fingers, pull it decidedly sideways and tune it up again. Stop when the string does not pull out of tune anymore.
Note: gauges are expressed in hundred of millimeters (i.e. 120 = 1,20 mm) gut gauges on the tables are considered at the making standard condition of 20 ° C and 60 % degree of humidity.
 

 
Conversion tables (between wound strings of different brands, Nylgut, PVF, Nylon, Gut strings)

 

 
 

Legenda:

HT :  polished oliled gut strings

HR : demi-rectified oiled strings

 
 
 
 HT GUT STRINGS
  120 cm 180 cm   120 cm 180 cm
CODE EUROS EUROS CODE EUROS EUROS
38 HT 4.10 ------ 116 HT 12.60 25.50
40 HT 4.10 ------ 120 HT 14.30 28.60
42 HT 4.10 ------ 124 HT 14.30 28.60
44 HT 4.10 ------ 128 HT 14.30 28.60
46 HT 4.50 ------ 132 HT 14.30 28.60
48 HT 4.50 ------ 136 HT 14.30 28.60
50 HT 4.50 ------ 140 HT 16.30 32.70
52 HT 4.50 ------ 145 HT 16.30 32.70
54 HT 5.30 ------ 150 HT 16.30 32.70
56 HT 5.30 ------ 155 HT 16.30 32.70
58 HT 5.30 ------ 160 HT 17.80 35.80
60 HT 5.60 10.60 165 HT 17.80 35.80
62 HT 5.60 10.60
170 HT 17.80 35.80
64 HT 7.00 13.20 180 HT 20.40 41.00
66 HT 7.00 13.20 190 HT 22.80 45.70
68 HT 7.00 13.20 200 HT 22.80 45.70
70 HT 7.00 13.20 210 HT 26.60 53.10
73 HT 7.00 13.20 220 HT 26.60 53.10
76 HT 8.30 15.50 230 HT 26.60 53.10
79 HT 8.30 15.50 240 HT 29.20 58.30
82 HT 8.30 15.50 250 HT 29.20 58.30
85 HT 8.30 15.50 260 HT 29.20 58.30
88 HT 8.30 15.50 280 HT 36.50 73.00
91 HT 10.50 17.30 300 HT 36.50 73.00
94 HT 10.50 17.30 320 HT 40.60 76.20
97 HT 10.50 17.30 340 HT 40.60 76.20
100 HT 10.50 17.30 400 HT ------
80.20
104 HT 10.50 17.30 420 HT ------
84.00
108 HT 10.50 17.30 440 HT ------
88.00
112 HT 13.50 25.50 460 HT ------
94.00
 
 
 
HR GUT STRINGS
  120 cm 180 cm   120 cm 180 cm
CODE EUROS EUROS CODE EUROS EUROS
------ ------ ------ 116 HR 13.50 -------
------ ------ ------ 120 HR 15.20 -------
------ ------ ------ 124 HR 15.20 -------
------ ------ ------ 128 HR 15.20 -------
------ ------ ------ 132 HR 15.20 -------
------ ------ ------ 136 HR 15.20 -------
------ ------ ------ 140 HR 17.30 -------
------ ------ ------ 145 HR 17.30 -------
------ ------ ------ 150 HR 17.30 34.70
------ ------ ------ 155 HR 17.30 34.70
------ ------ ------ 160 HR 19.00 37.90
60 HR 5.60 ------
165 HR 19.00
37.90
62 HR 5.60 ------
170 HR 19.00
37.90
64 HR 7.00 ------ 180 HR 21.80
43.90
66 HR 7.00 ------ 190 HR 24.40
48.90
68 HR 7.00 ------ 200 HR 24.40
48.90
70 HR 7.00 ------ 210 HR 28.50
56.80
73 HR 7.00 ------ 220 HR 28.50
56.80
76 HR 8.30 ------ 230 HR 28.50
56.80
79 HR 8.30 ------ 240 HR 31.20
62.40
82 HR 8.30 ------ 250 HR 31.20
62.40
85 HR 8.30 ------ 260 HR 31.20
62.40
88 HR 8.30 ------ 280 HR 39.00
78.10
91 HR 10.50 ------ 300 HR 39.00 78.10
94 HR 10.50 ------ 320 HR 43.40 81.50
97 HR 10.50 ------ 340 HR 43.40 81.50
100 HR 10.50 ------ 400 HR -------
85.80
104 HR 10.50 ------ 420 HR -------
89.90
108 HR 10.50 ------ 440 HR ------- 94.10
112 HR 13.50 ------ 460 HR -------
100.50
 
 
 
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