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CLAVIERS BAROQUES -- Library of Stringing Schedules

Alec Hodsdon (Suffolk) 1962 double-strung fretted clavichord as restrung by Claviers Baroques 2001)

This instrument, more-or-less after Hubert, was originally strung in phosphor bronze with wrapped wire in the bass. When we restrung it in 2001 we followed current practice and used yellow brass with a little red brass in the extreme bass. The following schedule was derived by trial and error -- if a note didn't sound right we tried another size wire until we got a sound we liked.

String number*

Notes (Helmholtz)

Material

Diameter

Actual length*
Pairs 39 to 54 (16 pairs) c#'' to e''' yellow brass .010" / 0.25mm 34"
Pairs 36 to 38 (3 pairs) b-flat' to c'' yellow brass .011" / 0.27mm 36"
Pairs 28 to 35 (8 pairs) d' to a' yellow brass .012" / 0.30mm 38"
Pairs 19 to 27 (9 pairs) f to c#' yellow brass .014" / 0.36mm 43"
Pairs 13 to 18 (6 pairs) B to e yellow brass .016" / 0.40mm 46"
Pairs 8 to 12 (5 pairs) F# to B-flat yellow brass .018" / 0.44mm 48"
Pairs 5 to 7 (3 pairs) D# to F yellow brass .020" / 0.52mm 50"
Pairs 3 and 4 (2 pairs) C# and D red brass .022" / 0.56mm 50"
Pairs 1 and 2 (2 pairs) BB and C red brass .025" / 0.65mm 50"

*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.

The "actual length" is for our reference, although you are welcome to use it, if it is of any help to you. It is the length of the pre-looped replacement string we make, which is long enough to replace the longest string of that diameter on the instrument with enough extrta for a generous coil. It is not the sounding length.

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