Andrew Hartig - Custom Strings for Period Wire-Strung Instruments

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Plain Strings

Application:

Plain strings are used for the high and middle range of both plucked wire instruments (e.g. citterns, orpharions, bandoras) and keyboard instruments. Iron and steel strings (due to their higher tensile strength when compared to brass) are usually used for only the highest strings, while brass or bronze(due to their greater density) are best suited to the middle and lower registers.

Alloys Available:

I regularly stock the following alloys of strings. Other alloys (red brass, silver, gold) are available by special order.

  • Steel (high-carbon iron alloy). Uncoated, polished; high tensile strength.
  • Iron (low-carbon iron alloy). Uncoated; low tensile strength.
  • Yellow brass (nominally 70% copper, 30% zinc). Bright sound; low tensile strength.
  • Bronze (nominally 95% copper, 5% tin). Darker sound; slightly higher tensile strength than yellow brass.

Gauges Available:

I have the following plain string gauges on hand. Other gauges are available by special order.

gauge Steel Iron Yellow brass Bronze
.006" / .15 mm x Not Available Not Available Not Available
.007" / .17 mm x Not Available Not Available Not Available
.008" / .20 mm x x x Special Order
.009" / .23 mm x x x x
.010" / .25 mm x x x x
.011" / .28 mm x x x x
.012" / .30 mm x x x (.0125" / .32 mm )
.013" / .33 mm x x x
.014" / .35 mm x x x Special Order
.016" / .40 mm Special Order x x Special Order
.018" / .45 mm Special Order x x Special Order
.020" / .50 mm Special Order Not Available x Special Order
.022" / .55 mm Special Order Not Available x (.0225" / .57 mm)
Special Order
.024" / .60 mm Special Order Not Available x (.025" / .63 mm)
Special Order

Looped Ends:

Plain strings are available with or without looped ends. In addition, loops can be supplied at either one or both ends (see Prices).

For looped ends, please specify which size loop you would prefer. My standard loops come in three diameters: small (3 mm), medium (4mm), and large (5mm). Custom sized loops are available by special request at no extra charge.