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CLAVIERS BAROQUES -- Library of Stringing Schedules

Italian Box Virginal, eg Zuckermann and similar

This is the 'official' stringing schedule from the kit instructions for stringing at A=440.

Some general observations with regard to stringing:

Stringing is a compromise between art and science, and a stringing schedule is a good guideline, but not always the final word. Wire alloys vary, bridges may not be placed identically from one instrument to another and each soundboard is unique for a myriad of reasons. The wire knows all the physics and will let you know if the diameter is too far wrong. A wire that is too thick will break when you try to bring it up to pitch (ie, too much tension required to make the correct note), a wire that is too thin will sound dull at pitch (ie, not enough tension). Once you have satisfied the physics angle, let your ear be the final judge. If a note sounds bad -- dull or harsh compared to its neighbors -- try another size until it doesn't break and 'sounds right'. In the extreme bass, you might try substituting red brass for yellow.

 

String or pair number*

Notes
(Helmholtz)

Material

Diameter

Inches mm
45 to 49 (5 wires) a#'' to d'''
yellow brass
.008
0.200
39 to 44 (6 wires) e'' to a''
yellow brass
.0085
0.216
31 to 38 (8 wires) g#' to d#''
yellow brass
.009
0.224
26 to 30 (4 wires) d#' to g'
yellow brass
.010
0.250
22 to 25 (4 wires)
b to d'
yellow brass
.011
0.280
19 to 21(4 wires) g# to a#
yellow brass
.012
0.315
16 to 18 (3 wires) f to g
yellow brass
.014
0.355
12 to 15 (4 wires) c# to e
yellow brass
.016
0.400
8 to 11 (4 wires) A to c
yellow brass
.018
0.450
2, 4, 5 and 7 (4 wires)
F, F#, G and G#
yellow brass
.020
0.500
1, 3 and 6 (3 wires)
C, D and E
yellow brass
.022
0.550


*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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