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CLAVIERS BAROQUES -- Library of Stringing Schedules

Zuckermann Fortepiano after Stein ca 1790

 

String number*

Notes (Helmholtz)

Material

Diameter
Inches / mm (approx)

Actual length**
Pairs 57 to 61 (5 pairs) c#'''' to f'''' soft iron .0145" / 0.37mm
78" / 2.0m
Pairs 48 to 56 (9 pairs) c''# to c''' soft iron .016" / 0.40mm
78" / 2.0m
Pairs 37 to 47 (11 pairs) f'' to d''# soft iron .018" / 0.44mm
78" / 2.0m
Pairs 27 to 36 (10 pairs) g to e' soft iron .020" / 0.52mm
98" / 2.5m
Pairs 21 to 26 (6 pairs) c# to f# soft iron .023" / 0.585 mm
98" / 2.5m
Pairs 17 to 20 (4 pairs) A to c soft iron .026" / 0.66 mm
98" / 2.5m
Pairs 13 to 16 (4 pairs) F to G# yellow brass .025" / 0.635 mm
98" / 2.5m
Pairs 10 to 12 (3 pairs) D to E red brass .025" / 0.635 mm
98" / 2.5m
Pairs 5 to 9 (5 pairs) AA to C# red brass .029" / 0.74 mm
98" / 2.5m
Pairs 1 to 4 (4 pairs) FF to GG# red brass .033" / 0.84 mm
98" / 2.5m

*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.

** The "actual length" is for our reference, although you are welcome to use it, if it is of any help to you. It is the length of the pre-looped replacement string we make, which is long enough to replace the longest string of that diameter on the instrument with enough extra for a generous coil. It is not the sounding length.

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