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 (oiled, not varnished)
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 synthetic bass strings, suitable for bottom register of plucked string instruments. The "loading" is metalic copper powder on a base.
NNG: nylgut, a nylon string which gives a similar result and appearance to gut, for use on plucked instruments
NNGE: long, thick nylgut strings, 200cm lengths
NGH: nylgut strings for historical harps (mostly special order)
D: copper wound on gut, for plucked stringed instruments
L: fret gut
LS: synthetic fret gut
Please note: Aquila has ceased production of the DE strings for lutes, and the 'A' type silvered copper on gut, wound strings for bowed instruments. The old loaded gut bass strings are not available.
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.
New Nylgut strings: (NNG) 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 new nylgut strings (NNGE) 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 . 120cm and 180cm lengths. Please note that Aquila no longer makes HR strings in fine gauges. 180cm lengths are double length for tenor viol or viola.
Overwound strings for bowed instruments: (F) are available for treble, tenor and bass viol, violin, viola and cello. Other strings can be ordered especially, but please give plenty of notice, as it is not quick.
Guitar sets: Alabastro, Ambra 800 and 900, Perla and 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
Synthetic copper loaded strings: (CD) These are loaded with copper on a nylgut base and are suitable for bass strings on plucked instruments.
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. Plain colour nylgut gauges from .l40 to .66 are in stock at Saraband.