Aquila Strings from Mimmo Peruffo in Italy
Saraband Music imports strings from Aquila corde Armoniche in Italy. Please email or call to find out what is currently in stock.
Saraband Music can order any strings from Aquila (except those with exclusive licensing) even if not listed here, but please allow time for ordering and delivery. Many strings are hand-made and their factory is busy. As more people take up early instruments, there are shortages of raw material which can create delays.
HV: varnished gut strings
HR: demi-rectified gut strings
V type: Venice roped gut strings (catlines)
F: wound strings for bowed instruments.
C: new Classical guitar bionylon strings. Note, the older C type loaded gut bass strings for bowed and plucked instruments are not currently available.
CD: Loaded gut bass strings, suitable for bottom register of plucked string instruments. The "loading" is metalic copper powder on a synthetic base.
NG: nylgut, a plastic string which gives a similar result to gut
NGE: thick nylgut strings, 200cm long
NGH: nylgut strings for historical harps (special order only)
D: copper wound on gut, strings for lute
DE: thicker copper wound on gut, varying lengths for plucked instruments
L: fret gut
Baroque Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Viola da gamba - all sizes
Lutes, theorboes, baroque guitars, historical guitars
Folk instruments: oud, charango, cuatro, timple canario, ukeleles and their variants, minstrel banjo and others.
Please ask for a quote.
Please use the following as a guide only. It is not complete. Please ask for more info.
Nylgut strings: (NG) suitable for lutes, theorboes, early guitars. Gauges: NG38 - NG104. Length: 120cm
Please note that nylgut strings are delicate, particularly the thinner diameters, and care is needed in putting them on the instrument.
Thick nylgut strings (NGE) are 200cm long, and are suitable for theorboes, harps and other plucked instruments requiring thick, long strings.
NGE string gauges range from NGE62 - NGE1.45.
Plain gut strings (HV & HR) are in stock .
Guitar sets: Alabastro, Ambra 800 and 900, Terzina are all available
Wound nylgut strings: (D) (copper wound on nylgut), length 105cm. Longer strings available on special order. Number is same as gut equivalent string, ie. D073 = .73 gut
D073 - D240
Thick wound nylgut strings (DE) are 140cm long (standard length) and are suitable for the deeper bass strings of lutes, theorboes etc. Custom string lengths of 105cm, 160cm and 180cm are available on special order.
Gauges run from DE100 - DE250
NGH strings for historical harps. Special order only. Please refer to the Aquila website for diameters then contact Saraband for a quote. Do allow time for manufacture and delivery. Also please specify which strings should be red or black, otherwise all natural colours will be ordered.