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Watchorn Historical Strings

Lute, Theorbo, Baroque, Romantic & Classical Guitar, Baroque & Classical Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass/Violone, Viola da Gamba, Viola d’Amore, Baryton, Arpeggione etc.

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Specializing in historically appropriate strings for the above instruments. We stock most commonly used gauges. All specialized requirements available on order.
String types usually stocked:
Aquila Strings AQUILA: Gut Strings; Plain (semi-rectified), high twist (Venice), loaded, wound.
AQUILA: “Nylgut” Strings; normal length (NG = 1.2m). Extra length for theorbo, etc. (NGE – 2.0m); Wound Nylgut
Kurschner Strings KÜRSCHNER: Plain gut (D); High twist gut (FD); Fret Gut. Half-wound gut (LK, LS), Silver-plated Copper & Solid Silver Wound gut (VD, SD)
KÜRSCHNER: Silver-Plated Copper Wound Nylon (VN) & Silk (VS)
PYRAMID: Plain Gut, Fret Gut.
PYRAMID: Nylon, Wound Nylon.
Savarez Strings SAVAREZ: Gut, Nylon, Composite fibre (KF & KFA) Wound Nylon (NFC & NFA).
SAVAREZ: “Alliance” Series Classical guitar strings.

Stringing Services:
Free advice and calculation service for strings for most instruments.
Full re-stringing and re-fretting service is available by appointment.
Unusual strings can be supplied on order (usually within 2-4 weeks)
If you require advice or calculation of strings for your instrument, please provide us with as much of the following information as possible at the time of e-mailing us:
Instrument type and vibrating stringlength in mm. (Distance from inside of nut to inside of bridge/saddle).
Pitch of instrument: (a’ = 392, 415, 430, 440, 466 Hz etc)
Tuning to be used, including 4’ (octave) strings where required. Mark the strings starting with “1” as the highest pitched (treble) string and indicating the pitch of each, including the octave.
For violin: 1 – e”; 2 – a’; 3 – d’; 4 – g;
For lute: 1 – g’; 2 – d’; 3 – a; 4 – f; 5 – c; 6 – G, g; 7 – D,d/F,f.
If any strings are to be re-tuned to different notes, please indicate the range you require (as in B above)
Indicate whether you prefer a low, medium or high tension for your instrument.
List previous string gauges and types you have used and whether you are happy with them or not (too tight, too loose, too dull, too bright, etc.) The more detail you can provide, the better.
Please feel free to ask if you have any doubts about the above information.

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