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News 2016: (IT) Aquila Corde Armoniche "Loaded Synthetic Lute Bass and Meanes Strings CD type" Are Available

Contributed by admin on Nov 15, 2016

From an Aquila Corde Armoniche Facebook post: ""Loaded Synthetic Lute Bass and Meanes Strings CD type" Are Available

"The appearing of wound strings caused, starting from the end of the 17th century, the definitive abandoning of the ancient manufacturing techniques of the traditional all-gut bass strings.

This explains why modern plain gut strings fail to produce an acceptable acoustical performance in the low registers, thus making it unavoidable to use wound strings for musical repertoires that actually pre-date their historical appearing; this, in turn, causes an obvious philological paradox as well as serious tone and balance problems between high and low registers, especially on Lutes. ...

Here are some points:

  1. A large number of bass stringhole diameters recorded from original Lute bridges dating from the late 16th and 17th century shows that those holes are too small to allow plain gut strings a sufficient working tension at the proper pitch. An unloaded gut string able to cross these holes should have a tension ranging form .9 till 1.2 Kg only. This mean to drop a moderrn lute of 9 till 11 semitone that need to achivie  such range of tensions.
  2. Musical iconography from the 17th century and a bit latter  often  shows  the Lute bass strings of quite different colors from that of plain gut, varying from dark red to brown. They are also positioned  were  today we find the wound strings, i.e. from the 6th course down in the bottom.
  3.  ... "

Visit the Aquila Corde Armoniche website for more historical background information regarding the use and availability of these lute strings.