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The latest generation of strings is more elastic and less rigid than those which were hitherto available. More »
The attack is less noisy, the sound quality and ease of playing is greatly improved, and the specific gravity is so much lower that it's now become possible to string the instruments in a more historical fashion ( with thicker strings). Thanks to these strings Gesina's instrument making has also changed; the viols now sound warmer and are more flexible. Besides, the unwound bass strings for consort and other instruments from the pre- 1600 period are very comfortable, and sound beautiful, providing the instrument's playing string length is long enough. Nowadays wound strings are once again being made in historical fashion (thus without a synthetic sleeve around the gut core), and this has a positive effect on the sound.
Toro makes ox and sheep strings, varnished and unvarnished.The unvarnished  sheep strings can be ordered through this site.   The Toro strings are available in varying twists: LT = low twist, NT = normal twist, HT = high twist, XXHT = extra high twist. Toro strings have a warm, deep sound.  It's advisable to soak the strings in almond oil for at least two weeks before applying tension. This increases their life span.
As a rule, sheep strings are not as heavy as those made from ox gut - to achieve an equivalent tension in kilos you need a thicker string. For example: a d' bass viol string could be .70 thick if using old fashioned type strings, a comparable sheep string would be Toro .76 LT or.78 LT.
In spite of the careful process of selecting the raw gut, sheep strings can be more vulnerable than one would wish. Strings breaking, without apparent cause, within two days after first use for unwound strings or a week for wound strings will be replaced free of charge.
In case of complaint the string must, of course, be returned.« Less

  • prices 2016
  • thicker double length strings may be cut in two (half the price)
  • prices include 21% VAT, with € 3,95 postage per order
  • I cannot take responsability for shipping problems
  • please include your postal adress
  • well stocked, but not everything in stock
  • lengths and thicknesses other than those indicated above are available on request
  • still some aquila strings in stock as well, ask for them
  • orders and questions by e-mail only: snaren@liedmeier.nl
  • orders below € 25 cost  € 5 extra

pardessus de viole 120cm (double length) Aquila

string twist gauge price
g’’ HT 0.44 € 7,84

consort treble viol 150 cm (double length) Toro

string twist gauge price
d’’ LT 0.52 € 14,72
LT 0.54-0.56 € 17,03
a’ NT 0.68-0.70 € 20,18
e’ HT 0.88-0.90 € 28,38
c XXHT 1.12 € 32,59
c XXHT 1.15 € 38,63
g XXHT 1.50 € 51,91
g R (silver wound, no double length) 78 € 44,37
d XXHT 1.96 € 77,85
d R (silver wound, no double length) 112 € 50,22

consort tenor viol 180 cm (double length) Toro

string twist gauge price
g’ LT 0.64-0.66 € 24,23
d’ NT 0.86-0.88 € 28,38
a HT 1.15-1.18 € 46,37
f XXHT 1.45-1.50 € 62,27
c XXHT 1.92 € 93,40
c silver plated, no double length 88R € 50,52
G XXHT 2.56 € 117,64
G silver plated, no double length 120R € 64,18

bass viol 120 cm Toro

string twist gauge price
d’ LT 0.76-0.78 € 18,92
a NT 0.94-0.96 € 22,38
e HT 1.22 € 30,91
HT 1.24-1.26 € 35,30
c XXHT 1.50-1.55 € 41,53
G XXHT 2.10 € 69,20
silver plated medium, forte, xforte € 66,31
D XXHT 2.80 € 84,89
silver plated medium, forte, xforte € 79,59
AA silver plated medium, forte, xforte € 106,11

violin 120 cm (double length) Toro

string twist gauge price
e LT 0.55-0.63 € 13,62
LT 0.64-0.66 € 16,15
a NT 0.70-0.75 € 16,15
NT 0.76-0.82 € 18,92
d HT 1.00-1.04 € 22,38
HT 1.05-1.12 € 26,07
G silver wound 74 R € 50,39

viola 150 cm (double length) Toro

string twist gauge price
a LT 0.74-0.75 € 
LT 0.76-0.78 € 28,38
d HT 1.05-1.12 € 32,59
HT 1.13-1.20 € 38,63
g XXHT 1.50-1.55 € 51,91
XXHT 1.60-1.70

cello 120 cm Toro

string twist gauge price
a HT 1.08-1.12 € 26,07
HT 1.13-1.20 € 30,91
HT 1.22-1.30 € 35,30
d XXHT 1.50-1.55 € 41,52
XXHT 1.60-1.70 € 51,91
XXHT 1.75-1.80 € 56,52
g XXHT 2.25-2.30 € 73,67
XXHT 2.35-2.50 € 78,43
XXHT 2.60-2.70 € 84,89
silver 120 R (medium) €79,59
c silver 140 R (medium) € 106,11

AQUILA STOCK


still available:
 .52   .64 .66 .68 .79 .82 .85 1.00 1.16 1.20 1.24 1.45 1.50 1.65 1.70 1.75

2.00 tipo C 2.00 tipo V 2.50 tipo C 2.60 tipo V 2.80 tipo V

tipo C= loaded gut, tipo V = Venice

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