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Aquila Italian Historical Venice Gut Strings

£ 16.87£ 74.77



Aquila Italian Historical Venice Gut Strings


ATTENTION: Suitable for mid and bass registers only


In the 16th and 17th century in iconographical sources the strings on musical instruments are depicted as smooth, rather curly and, in the tract coming out of the peg box, they are often bundled up like they were made of soft cord. This suggests that at time the strings were extremely pliable, which would obviously affect their acoustical performance. On the contrary, modern gut strings, because of their stiffness, can only be made up in circular coils, lest they get damaged. Starting from this important observation and supported by other historical information we created our ” VENICE ” strings.


The Venice strings possess a remarkable degree of elasticity and pliability, superior to any strings currently on the market. This means a surprisingly ready attack and good richness in upper overtones.
Available in a wide choice of diameters and lengths, the VENICE strings are particularly suited for the mid registers of Renaissance and Baroque stringing, e.g. as 2nd and 3rd Violin, 3rd and 4th renaissance- Gambas (Tenor and Bass especially); Lute 4th & 5th, 2nd and 3rd Violone etc.
The new product we offer instead of the polished Venice gut strings are the semi-rectified ones.
The surface of the half- rectified strings is only partly rectified, imitating the manual polishing technique of the time just to obtain a true string.
With this method the amount of fibers damaged by the abrasive action is noticeably reduced as compared with strings rectified with modern procedures.

The advantages are: better stability
against climatic changes, longer playing life and better acoustic performance.


Because of its nature a Venice string stretches noticeably more than a regular high twist string, which leads, under equal stress, to a somewhat thinner diameter.
Hence the necessity to use a thicker starting diameter: under working stress it will settle to a diameter similar to that of a regular string’s and will eventually lead to the same working tension.
In practice the correct diameter of an equivalent Venice string is obtained by multiplying the plain high twist string diameter by 1.07.
Example: what is the right Venice string equivalent to a 1.16 mm plain gut?
Answer: 1.16 X 1.07= 124.12 (i.e. 124 V)
Notice: Due to their great elasticity Venice strings are not suitable for bowed instrument’s 1st strings

The advantages are: better stability against climatic changes, longer playing life and better acoustic performance..

Additional information

Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 0.35 cm
Aquila venice

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