Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

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Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby Marek Cupak » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:39 pm

Hi there.

I do have a new instrument, 7-course vihuela in G, 60 cm scale length and am looking for string sources. Last course is an extra 4th, expanding instrument's bass range. The 1st course being double, there are no single strings. I'm not yet decided for unison/octaves.

All recommendations will be very much appreciated.
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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby Marek Cupak » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:57 pm

Mind the fretgut please too - forgot to mention it in the first post.
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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby Michael.N. » Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:11 pm

Aquila. They have pretty much every gauge of string that you need.
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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby EricKatz » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:18 pm

Hi Marek,

My vihuela is stringed with Pyramid strings. You can construct your own set form a wide range of possibilities. Sabine Holz is very helpfull. Take a look at their website (Pyramid Saiten) or send me a PM for her emailadress.

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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby pogmoor » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:32 pm

Michael.N. wrote:Aquila. They have pretty much every gauge of string that you need.

I second Aquila - search for Aquila Corde Armoniche - based in Italy, but sell worldwide. Mimmo Peruffo, who runs Aquila (and who occasionally visits this forum) has done extensive research on historical string making and I think his range of strings is the best you'll find for historic instruments.
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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby Michael.N. » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:32 pm

Well Aquila do both gut and nylgut - the synthetic version. Pyramid AFAIK just do nylon. Depends on what you want to use. Nylon and nylgut usually last a mighty long time on these low tension instruments. You can easily get a year or longer out of those strings. Pure gut much less, at least the very thin gauges.
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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby Marek Cupak » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:07 pm

Thanks for you replies!

I don't plan to go for gut - more expensive and less durable. Besides that, coming from the guitar world, I'm new to the instrument (or, well, the instrument is new to me..), so I have to get used to the courses in the first place - no need to slaughter some cute animals and tear their guts for that. There is a good probability I won't ever leave this opinion, so the no-gut way is the most economical and the most ethical one, for me.

Is there such a possibility to replace fretgut too?

Regarding strings only, I've also found LaBella VLG#1 and VLG#1a sets. They also offer singles and 7-course lute sets, which maybe could serve too.
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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby RobMacKillop » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:15 pm

No animal has ever been slaughtered for its guts...but if you are a vegetarian I understand your reluctance to use them.

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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby Marek Cupak » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:30 pm

Rob, I know they won't kill a sheep (or whatever) and process its intestines only, dumping the rest without any revenue...
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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby RobMacKillop » Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:28 pm

Oh, I wish I was as holy as you, Marek!

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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby Marek Cupak » Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:46 pm

...have I typed something wrong?
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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby Lovemyguitar » Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:15 pm

Marek Cupak wrote:...Is there such a possibility to replace fretgut too?...

Yes, Aquila also sells fret gut, in varying gauges, so you'd need to measure what is on your instrument (sometimes the gauges vary across the frets -- they do on my lute). You could use nylon for frets, too, but that apparently can be harder on the strings, so you'd have to decide what you can live with.

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Re: Where do you get your vihuela/lute strings in the EU from?

Postby geoff-bristol » Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:58 pm

Two I have used - mostly for baroque violin strings ( gut ) - the latter seemed good for Aquilla - in all the varous guages and lengths.

http://shop.stringking.net/category/strings1

also

https://music-strings.de/index.php?k=374&lang=eng


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