They have ;), but no matter. Strings can be natural gut (most
authentic and best sounding but expensive and temperamental), nylgut
or other synthetic/nylon (classical guitar or lute strings), or wire
(folk guitar strings down to piano wire depending on level of expense
and tension you want). Gut is usually very low tension (about 4-7kg
per string), while piano wire can be very high (as much as 25kg per
string), so some structural consideration must be made (if you have a
lightly constructed instrument, piano wire will pull it apart). Gut
and nylon have a warmer tone, more mellow and potentially softer.
Wire has a brighter tone, sharper and louder.
Key would be partially dependent on use. If you plan on singing with
it, then your voice range will need to be considered. For most male
voices (upper baritone, low tenor), low string as G works. For higher
voices, low strings as C or D would work (a D low string would either
be a very high tenor or a solid bass). Pitch range would be again
somewhat dependent on the size of the instrument and the string
material used. Assuming an instrument around 70-100cm total length,
and strung in gut, I'd use low note as a G below middle C (the lowest
string on a standard violin). A much smaller instrument strung in
piano wire would probably be an octave above that. For the lower
octave, you'd need a very long instrument, in the 120-150cm range,
otherwise the strings would be so thick comparable to their length as
to thud more than sound.
Anyway, hope that helps.
> Hello All,
> I am in the finishing phases of a Trossingen copy (not exact mind you)
> and was curious as to what you guys use for strings and what "key"
> are you shooting for? Should it be a bass, mid or treble sound
> overall? Sorry if these have already benn addressed. Thanks.
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