Although specialising in the repair and conservation of square pianos the workshop manufactures strings for all early pianos. Strings can be ordered either plain or overwound, from a single string up to a full set. For plain strings we need only an original string with the eye, a set of wound strings however requires the client to send a template showing the location of tuning, bridge, nut and hitch pins. This template can easily be made by laying a sheet of lining paper over the relevant pins and rubbing over with a soft pencil or crayon. Please note that the longest wound string we are able to make is 2050mm and that we have a minimum order of £15.
The wires used for all strings are of the correct alloys and gauges for the period of instruments, modern high tensile steel is not appropriate for early keyboard instruments. We obtain our wire primarily from Malcolm Rose but some later instruments require Puresound wire which we can provide.
As an additional service a complete tension graph can be calculated for specific instruments at a cost of £45. This helps to determine the ideal gauges for even tonal response across the scale and can pinpoint any areas of excessive tension. To have a tension graph calculated please download and complete the necessary forms and information sheets.
For clavichord strings contact Peter Bavington.
For prices go to shop.