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CLAVIERS BAROQUES -- Library of Stringing Schedules

 

 

Stringing schedule for the classic (or generic) French double harpsichord -- Hubbard Taskin 1769 and similar

 

8' String or pair number*

Notes (Helmholtz)

Material

Diameter

Inches mm
54 to 61 (8 pairs)
a#'' to f'''
soft iron
.009
0.224
49 to 53 (5 pairs)
f'' to a''
soft iron
.010 (or .009)
0.250 (or 0.224)
41 to 48 (8 pairs)
a'' to e''
soft iron
.011 (or .010)
0.280 (or 0.250)
36 to 40 (5 pairs)
e' to g#'
soft iron
.012 (or .011)
0.315 (or 0.280)
32 to 35 (4 pairs)
c' to d#'
soft iron
.013
0.330
23 to 31 (9 pairs)
d# to b
soft iron
.014
0.355
20 to 22 (3 pairs)
c to d
soft iron
.016
0.400
16 to 19 (4 pairs)
G# to B
yellow brass
.016
0.400
12 to 15 (4 pairs)
E to G
yellow brass
.018
0.450
8 to 11 (4 pairs)
C to D#
red brass
.020
0.500
5 to 7 (3 pairs)
AA to BB
red brass
.022
0.550
3 & 4 (2 pairs)
GG & GG#
red brass
.025
0.635
1 & 2 (2 pairs)
FF & FF#
red brass
.027
0.690

4' String number*

Notes (Helmholtz)

Material

Diameter

Inches mm
58 to 61 (4 strings)
d''' to f'''
soft iron
.0075 (or .008)
0.190 (or 0.200)
46 to 57 (12 strings)
d'' to c#'''
soft iron
.0085
0.216
30 to 45 (16 strings)
a# to c#''
soft iron
.009
0.224
25 to 29 (5 strings)
f to a
soft iron
.010
0.250
18 to 24 (7 strings)
A# to e
soft iron
.011
0.280
16 & 17 (2 strings)
G# & A
soft iron
.011
0.280
13 to 15 (3 strings)
F to G
yellow brass
.012
0.315
10 to12 (3 strings)
D to E
yellow brass
.013
0.330
7 to 9 (3 strings)
BB to C#
yellow brass
.014
0.355
4 to 6 (3 strings)
GG# to AA#
yellow brass
.016
0.400
1 to 3 (3 strings)
FF to GG
yellow brass
.018
0.450

*strings, keys and jacks are traditionally counted from the left (lowest note), although stringing schedules traditionally list wire from the highest note to the lowest, probably because most builders string the treble first. It is confusing, I know; sorry.

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