Viola / Bratsche

Aquila Corde Armoniche

Sets

Our ready-made sets are composed of strings with a standard length of 60 cm and diameters suitable for required tension.
If you want to personally choose string of 120 cm length and specific diameters, you can add them to the cart from the product selection above.

Why should I choose a ready-made set instead of single strings?

We suggest to choose a set if you do not feel completely sure of the diameters, because you are beginning, or have little time. The gauges and the type of strings included in our sets meet the needs of most of our customers. This way you don’t have to expect for a bad surprise. A personalized setup of your instrument can start from here: by raising or lowering the whole setup by half a tone, you can easily know if your next setup, the definitive one, will need more or less tension or even remain unchanged as per our suggestion.

Note:

Suggested diameters are those used today. If you are interested in historical diameters, see ‚Baroque Viola historical set‘.

For each specified string the central diameter is that of medium tension, which we suggest if you never used our strings. For a light tension choose the first suggested diameter, for superior tension choose the last one.

 

Baroque Viola strings in beef gut

Vibrating string length: 36 cm

Possible Viola A-Strings

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

85HV

85HV – Varnished gut string

0.85 mm

120 cm

79HV

79HV – Varnished gut string

0.79 mm

120 cm

82HV

82HV – Varnished gut string

0.82 mm

120 cm

Possible Viola D-Strings

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

104HV

104HV – Varnished gut string

1.04 mm

120 cm

108HV

108HV – Varnished gut string

1.08 mm

120 cm

112HV

112HV – Varnished gut string

1.12 mm

120 cm

Possible Viola G-Strings

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

22F

22F – G baroque viola string light tension silver close wound type „F“ standard

1.60 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

23F

23F – G baroque viola string medium tension silver close wound type „F“ standard

1.65 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

24F

24F – G baroque viola string heavy tension silver close wound type „F“ standard

1.70 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

Possible Viola C-Strings

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

28F

28F – C baroque viola string light tension silver close wound type „F“ standard

2.20 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

29F

29F – C baroque viola string medium tension silver close wound type „F“ standard

2.30 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

30F

30F – C baroque viola string heavy tension silver close wound type „F“ standard

2.40 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

 

Baroque Viola strings in lamb gut

Vibrating string length: 36 cm

Possible Viola A-Strings

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

88HU

88HU – Unsplit gut string

0.88 mm

120 cm

82HU

82HU – Unsplit gut string

0.82 mm

120 cm

85HU

85HU – Unsplit gut string

0.85 mm

120 cm

Possible Viola D-Strings

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

108HU

108HU – Unsplit gut string

1.08 mm

120 cm

112HU

112HU – Unsplit gut string

1.12 mm

120 cm

116HU

116HU – Unsplit gut string

1.16 mm

120 cm

Possible Viola G-Strings

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

22FU

22FU – G baroque viola string light tension silver close wound type „FU“ standard

1.60 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

23FU

23FU – G baroque viola string medium tension silver close wound type „FU“ standard

1.65 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

24FU

24FU – G baroque viola string heavy tension silver close wound type „FU“ standard

1.70 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

Possible Viola C-Strings

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

28FU

28FU – C baroque viola string light tension silver close wound type „FU“ standard

2.20 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

29FU

29FU – C baroque viola string medium tension silver close wound type „FU“ standard

2.30 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

30FU

30FU – C baroque viola string heavy tension silver close wound type „FU“ standard

2.40 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

 

Baroque Viola historical set

Strings calculated according to pitch 415 Hz. Vibrating string length: 36 cm

 

The diameters suggested reproduce the medium ones deduced from historical sources dating back to Eighteenth – Nineteenth century. The examination of documents of that time made it possible to ascertain that the viola used the same gauges of the violin omitting the treble ‘E’ and adding a wound string ‘C. The gut strings suggested in these sets are made of unsplit lamb gut HU type: they have a surface only partially smoothed to imitate old hand smoothing system. Through this method the quantity of damaged surface fibre is considerably reduced compared to the rectified strings made according to today procedure. The advantages consist of greater stability to climatic changes, longer life of the string, better acoustic performance. The third and fourth strings are made according to the directions reported by F. Galeazzi (Rome 1792)

Historical gauges requirements

Warning

It is not possible to use historical gauges (that are usually thicker) before checking and possibly modifying the angle of the strings on the bridge, that should be “widen” so that the pressure of the bridge on the harmonic table is not excessive so to dampen the sound and make the bow attack too difficult (please contact your trusted luthier).

Moreover, according to historical documents we suggest that the strings are kept as low as possible on the fretboard, as long as they do not buzz.

Modern strings angle upon the bridge

Baroque strings angle upon the bridge

NOTE: These strings are NOT as ’set‘ available – please choose from single strings!
HINWEIS: Diese Saiten sind NICHT als ‚Set‘ verfügbar, bitte die Saiten einzeln auswählen!

 

Strings calculated according to pitch 415 Hz. Vibrating string length: 36 cm

Viola historical set light tension

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

85HU

85HU – Unsplit gut string

0.85 mm

120 cm

112HU

112HU – Unsplit gut string

1.12 mm

120 cm

34FU

34FU – G baroque viola string light tension silver close wound type „FU“ historical

1.70 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

40FU

40FU – C baroque viola string light tension silver close wound type „FU“ historical

2.60 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

Viola historical set normal tension

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

88HU

88HU – Unsplit gut string

0.88 mm

120 cm

116HU

116HU – Unsplit gut string

1.16 mm

120 cm

35FU

35FU – G baroque viola string medium tension silver close wound type „FU“ historical

1.75 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

41FU

41FU – C baroque viola string medium tension silver close wound type „FU“ historical

2.70 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

Viola historical set superior tension

SKU

Name

Gauge

Length

91HU

91HU – Unsplit gut string

0.91 mm

120 cm

124HU

124HU – Unsplit gut string

1.24 mm

120 cm

36FU

36FU – G baroque viola string heavy tension silver close wound type „FU“ historical

1.80 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

42FU

42FU – C baroque viola string heavy tension silver close wound type „FU“ historical

2.75 mm equivalent gut

65 cm

 

FG synthetic strings set for Viola

Vibrating string length: 36 cm

The F-Red Series are the new synthetic strings for bowed instruments, developed by Aquila Corde Armoniche as a valid alternative to natural gut.

Eco-sustainable, stable in intonation and durable, the new F-Red Seriesare our answer to the needs of all students and musicians who have to face conditions where the use of gut becomes too demanding, such as

  • high temperature and humidity conditions, typical for example of some sub-tropical countries (e.g. South America and Africa);
  • high cost for the replacement of gut strings that students have to face when approaching the study of ancient music instruments.

Notice: to avoid damages, do not cut the strings. In case you want to shorten them, first spread some quick glue around the point where you want to cut.

WARNING: Wound strings are made with round wire and not flat, as was done at the end of the nineteenth century
WARNING: The surface is not smooth, but slightly satin, due to a special covering. After about a week, the strings will spontaneously smooth out.

 

03FG#1

VIOLA „A“ MEDIUM TENSION – SYNTHETIC

0.92 mm

1 tirata

0.91 mm

03FG#2

VIOLA „D“ MEDIUM TENSION – SYNTHETIC

1.26 mm

1 tirata

1.24 mm

03FG#3

VIOLA „G“ MEDIUM TENSION – SYNTHETIC WOUND

 

1 tirata

1.80 mm

03FG#4

VIOLA „C“ MEDIUM TENSION – SYNTHETIC WOUND

 

1 tirata

2.75 mm

 

CORDE DRAGO

For the viola there is a set of strings consisting of:

  • a Cantino di Napoli for the La,
  • a Cantino di Napoli for the Re,
  • a Cordone di Roma for the Sol,

it is not foreseen for the moment the Silver Wound for the C, being out of production.

The strings are 140 cm long. in length and are calculated for a vibrating length of 36 cm., so for a different length it is necessary to calculate the calibers using Arto’s string calculator and order the strings by mail (see: ‚order service‘). By making a custom order you can choose an alternative Cordone Cordedrago for the Sol.

Ø leggera: 79 – 104 – 160 – / –
Ø media: 82 – 108 – 165 – / –
Ø forte: 85 – 112 – 170 – / –

Efrano

Efrano – Bratsche / Viola

BestellNr.:  Schwach
Ø
Mittel
Ø
Stark
Ø
      
VA070a‘Darm0,70 mm0,75 mm0,80 mm
VA100d‘Darm0,95 mm1,00 mm1,05 mm
VA145gDarm1,40 mm1,45 mm1,50 mm
VA085gDarm / versilbert0,80 mm0,85 mm0,90 mm
VA080gDarm / Silber0,80 mm0,80 mm0,85 mm
VA105cDarm / versilbert1,05 mm1,10 mm1,15 mm
VA100cDarm / Silber1,10 mm1,10 mm1,10 mm
      
VA  Satz   VA070, VA100, VA085, VA105
VAS Satz  VA070, VA100, VA080, VA100

Die Durchmessertabelle beinhaltet Stärkenvorschläge (a‘ 415 Hz). Stärken außerhalb oben genannter Maße sind individuell nach Kundenwunsch möglich.

The diameter table includes gauge recommendations (a‘ 415 Hz). Gauges outside the above-mentioned measurements are available individually upon customer request.

Cuerdas de Tripa Frechina

Viola / Violon alto / Bratsche – Cuerdas de Tripa Frechina

1 / la / a‘ 
corde en boyau /single gut string
diameter Ø:
72-84

2 / ré / d‘
corde en boyau / single gut string
diameter Ø:
104-120

3 / sol / g
corde en boyau / single gut string
diameter Ø:
150-158
standard 154

3 / sol / g
entorchado plata / silver wound
diameter equivalent Ø:
154

4 / do / c
corde en boyau / gut string
diameter Ø:
216-222
standard 220

4 / do / c
entorchado plata / silver wound
diameter equivalent Ø:
220

Gutmann Music Strings

Gutmann Strings are made from the best Australian cattle gut.

The origin of the raw material is essential for the making of high quality musical gut-wire.

We found the Australian cow ideal as those cows life and diet creates the typical characteristics we need to produce a musical instrument string. This string needs to have a long life when the tension on the string is high and played by a bow or fingers, not always soft and gentle but with passion …

Bernd Kürschner OHG

Wound strings for Viola and string sets / Umsponnene Saiten für Viola und Saiten-Sets

Tables of the String Sets / Tabellen zu den Saiten-Sets

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Toro Strings

VIOLA / Bratsche – Toro Strings

Do you need some help? Use contact form… Hilfe benötigt? Kontaktformular nutzen….

Tension (Diameter) – Length: 140 cm. 3rd and 4th wound length: 70 cm 

Key

Type

Light

Medium

Heavy

a‘

ram or ox gut 

72-74

76-79

82-85

a‘

double twist VENICE type

72-74

76-79

82-85

d‘

ram or ox gut 

102-104

106-108

110-112

d‘

double twist VENICE type

102-104

106-108

110-112

g

silver wound 

light

medium

heavy

c

silver wound 

light

medium

heavy