14-String Harp Guitar - Need Help

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14-String Harp Guitar - Need Help

Postby HNLim » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:17 am

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I am almost ready to string up my work-in-progress 14-string classical harp guitar. The first 7 stings are tuned C E A D G B E. From the 14th to the 8th strings it will be tuned C D E F G A B with sharping levers for the 5 #s.

Here is where I need help. I am looking for strings for the sub-basses mainly from the 14th to the 10th strings. The length I require needs to be at least 110cm or 43 inches long. Any recommendation?

Many many thanks in advance and have a blessed day!
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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Hepl

Postby Alain Cloutier » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:44 am

Pyramid lute strings. They are available at 120 cm. That's what I use on my Dresden guitar.

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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Hepl

Postby HNLim » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:42 am

Alain Cloutier wrote:Pyramid lute strings. They are available at 120 cm. That's what I use on my Dresden guitar.

Thank you.
1978 Yamaha GC30A - S/BRW
2012 Esteve Adalid - S/BRW
2014 Sen #5 - S/BRW
2016 HNLim - S/BRW-
1974 S.Yairi 950 S/BRW - converted to10-string-2015
HN Lim 14-string - S/BRW - Very close to completion.
1974 S.Yairi 800 : Retired

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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Help

Postby Anthony Campanella » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:14 pm

Looks great HNLin!
Time well spent :bravo:

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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Help

Postby HNLim » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:23 pm

Anthony Campanella wrote:Looks great HNLin!
Time well spent :bravo:

Thanks Anthony!
Looks may be deceiving. Lots of mistakes made and many cuts on my hands and fingers.
1978 Yamaha GC30A - S/BRW
2012 Esteve Adalid - S/BRW
2014 Sen #5 - S/BRW
2016 HNLim - S/BRW-
1974 S.Yairi 950 S/BRW - converted to10-string-2015
HN Lim 14-string - S/BRW - Very close to completion.
1974 S.Yairi 800 : Retired

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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Help

Postby HNLim » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:25 pm

Only Pyramid has longer strings?
1978 Yamaha GC30A - S/BRW
2012 Esteve Adalid - S/BRW
2014 Sen #5 - S/BRW
2016 HNLim - S/BRW-
1974 S.Yairi 950 S/BRW - converted to10-string-2015
HN Lim 14-string - S/BRW - Very close to completion.
1974 S.Yairi 800 : Retired

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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Help

Postby Alain Cloutier » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:31 pm

HNLim wrote:Only Pyramid has longer strings?


I'm pretty sure it's available from Savarez too but I never bought any so it has to be verified.

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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Hepl

Postby HNLim » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:44 am

Alain Cloutier wrote:Pyramid lute strings. They are available at 120 cm. That's what I use on my Dresden guitar.

Alan, BTW can you help me with which string I can use for my 14th string?
1978 Yamaha GC30A - S/BRW
2012 Esteve Adalid - S/BRW
2014 Sen #5 - S/BRW
2016 HNLim - S/BRW-
1974 S.Yairi 950 S/BRW - converted to10-string-2015
HN Lim 14-string - S/BRW - Very close to completion.
1974 S.Yairi 800 : Retired

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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Help

Postby simonm » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:43 am

Pyramid and Hannabach are both very small companies and will make up pretty much whatever you want for almost any kind of instrument. You can contact them directly for that kind of order.

Both are near Nürnberg (Nuremberg) if my memory serves me correctly. In the long distant past I got lute strings from pyramid and was able to specify the exact dimensions for each of the 19 strings. They used to have a "string calculator" for working out required thicknesses for specific tensions and tunings.

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Re: 14-String Harp Guitar - Need Hepl

Postby Alain Cloutier » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:48 am

HNLim wrote:
Alain Cloutier wrote:Pyramid lute strings. They are available at 120 cm. That's what I use on my Dresden guitar.

Alan, BTW can you help me with which string I can use for my 14th string?


You should contact Olav at Boston Catline. He'll find exactly what you need.


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