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Kurschner Strings

Saraband Music sells strings from Bernd Kuerschner Musiksaiten in Germany. A good selection of strings for bowed instruments are always in stock, plus fretgut. Strings for other instruments will be ordered on request.

As more people take up early instruments, there are shortages of raw material which can create delays.

Kurschner makes a variety of different types of strings. Plain gut (varnished or unvarnished), Florentine (high twist), Luxline (gut with a copper or silver strand), Catlines, silvered copper on gut, or silver on gut. In addition there are also nlyon and carbon fibre strings plus custom made strings. Modern steel strings are also available on special order.

Saraband can order in any strings which Kurschner makes, but please allow extra time for special orders.

 

Plain gut, 120cm. (double length, unvarnished or varnished)
e1: gauges .56, .58, .60, .62, .64
a2: gauge .73, .76, .79
d3: gauge 1.00, 1.04, 1.08

Florentine (high twist strings)
d3

Luxline (70 cm)
d3: copper luxline
d3: silver luxline

G4 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

Plain gut, 90cm. (single length, unvarnished or varnished)
Suggested gauges are:
a1: .73, .76, .79
d2: 1.04, 1.08, 1.12

G3 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

C4 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

If what you want is not listed here, please do ask. There are other options for all instruments.

Plain gut, 120cm, unvarnished
a1: gauge 1.12, 1.16, 1.20

Florentine, 115cm, unvarnished
a1: gauge 1.12, 1.16, 1.20
d2: gauge 1.45, 1.50, 1.55, 1.60
More gauges available on request

G3 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

C4 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

Fretgut (BD) 2.5m lengths
.50, .55, .60, .65, .70, .75, .80, .85, .90, .95
1.0, 1.05, 1.10, 1.15, 1.20

All above gauges of fretgut should be in stock at Saraband Music most of the time.

Fretgut is used on lutes, theorboes and other plucked instruments as well as violas da gamba.

Plain gut, 120cm. (double length, unvarnished or varnished)
d1: gauges .56, .58, .60, .62, .64
a2: gauges .73, .76, .79: $9.77
e3: gauge .91, .94, .97

Florentine (high twist) single length
c4: gauge 1.16, 1.20, 1.24

Luxline (70 cm)
c4: copper luxline
c4: silver luxline

G5 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

D6 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

Plain gut. 90cm, single length, unvarnished or varnished
g1: gauges .58, 60, .62, .64
d2: gauge .85, .88
a3: gauge 1.08, 1.12

Florentine (high twist) single length 115cm
f4: gauge: 1.32, 1.36, 1.40

Luxline (115 cm)
f4: copper luxline
f4: silver luxline

C5 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

G6 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

Plain gut. (120cm, unvarnished or varnished)
d1: gauge .68, .70, .73
a2: gauge .88, .91, .94, .97

Florentine. (115cm)
e3: gauge 1.12, 1.16, 1.20
c4: gauge 1.45, 1.50, 1.55, 1.60

Luxlines(115cm)
c4: copper luxline
c4: silver luxline

G5 strings:
Silvered copper on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

D6 strings:
Silvered copper on gutt
Silver on gutt
Available in several gauges

A7 strings:
Silvered copper on gutt
Silver on gutt
Available in several gauges

Kurschner makes strings for many different instruments: the violin family, the gamba family, lutes, guitars, theorboes, harp, hurdy-gurdy, oud and many folk instruments. Please ask about strings for these instruments.

 

A few rosins by Kurschner for viola are in stock. Kurschner has now discontinued the manufacture of rosin, so these are the last ones.

Please check the Rosins page.

 

For information on strings for all other instruments, or different string types, please ask for a quote. Particularly for viola and tenor viol players, as well as people with non-standard sized instruments, please measure your instrument carefully before ordering so that the best length of string can be bought.

For custom strings, the info required is:
vibrating string length (nut to bridge), plus overall string length including some for the knot and at least 8cm to wind onto the peg.