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Suggested stringing schedule for the classic (or generic) Flemish double harpsichord, including some later Revival instruments.

8' String or pair number*

Notes (Helmholtz)

Material

Diameter

Inches mm
37-57 (21 pairs)
g' to g#'''
soft iron
.009
0.224
32 to 36 (5 pairs)
d' to f#''
soft iron
.010 (or .009)**
0.250 (or 0.224)**
29 to 31 (3 pairs)
b to c#'
soft iron
.011 (or .010)**
0.280 (or 0.250)**
26 to 28 (3 pairs)
g# to a#
soft iron
.012 (or .011)
0.315 (or 0.280)**
23 to 25 (3 pairs)
f to g
soft iron
.013
0.330
16 to 22 (7 pairs)
A# to e
soft iron
.014
0.355
14 & 15 (2 pairs)
G# to A
yellow brass
.016
0.400
11 to 13 (3 pairs)
F & G
yellow brass
.018
0.450
6 to 10 (5 pairs)
C to E
red brass
.020
0.500
4 & 5 (2 pairs)
AA# to BB
red brass
.022
0.550
1 to 3 (3 pairs)
GG & AA
red brass
.025
0.635

4' String number*

Notes (Helmholtz)

Material

Diameter

Inches mm
37 to 57 (21 strings)
g to d#'''
soft iron
.009
0.224
25 to 36 (12 strings)
g to f#'
soft iron
.011 (or .010)**
0.280 (or 0.250)**
18 to 24( 7 strings)
c to f#
soft iron
.012
0.315
13 to 17 (5 strings)
G to B
soft iron
.014
0.355
11 & 12 (2 strings)
F & F#
yellow brass
.014
0.355
8 to 10 (3 strings)
D to E
yellow brass
.016
0.400
3 to 7 (5 strings)
AA to C#
yellow brass
.018
0.450
1 to 2 (2 strings)
GG & GG#
red brass
.020
0.500

*strings, keys and jacks are traditionally counted from the left (lowest note), although stringing schedules traditionally list wire from the highest note to the lowest, probably because most builders string the treble first. It is confusing, I know; sorry.

** where more than one size is given, the correct size will depend on the scaling of your particular instrument. Try one, if it breaks use a larger diameter wire, if it sounds dull, try a smaller diameter wire. Stringing is not a science, it's a black art, and stringing schedules are suggestions, at best.

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