Strings for plucked instruments

Lutes & Guitars

Visuel Alliance KF

Visuel Boyau

Visuel Nylon

1- KF ALLIANCE

This new generation of synthetic strings is the result of major innovations already applied to the strings for the classical guitar, the violin and the harps.

Caracteristics:

These strings are produced from composite fibres that feature a very sophisticated technology. A great amount of research work on the molecules, the connections between them and the rate of crystallinity has enabled us to obtain elongation and elasticity characteristics identical to those of gut.

Their geometrical qualities are perfect and the density is very close to gut.

The thicker the diameter is, the more perceptible the advantages are in term of sounding qualities compared to gut strings.

In many cases, they offer a valuable alternative to gut strings. They can be mixed and match gut strings perfectly as well.

The ALLIANCE KF strings combine the sounding qualities of gut to the quality of resistance of synthetic. Completely insensitive to hygrometric changes, they offer a real superior steadiness and wear by the fingers is very limited.
They offer a clear enriched tone without aggressiveness. Their price makes them very competitive.

Recommendations:

They are especially recommended for the lutes, the theorbs, the baroque guitars, the romantic guitars and the vihuelas.

They can be mixed with our wound nylon strings and wound gut strings to supplement settings in the basses.

Lengths, diameters and references:

They are available in length of 1 m., 1,50 m and 2 metres, and we offer an extended choice of diameters to meet the requirements of as many instrument makers and musicians as possible.

- From diameter 0.30 mm (0,0118 inch) to 0.91 ( 0,0358), available in length of 1 and 2: see the chart
- From diameter 0.95 mm (0,0374 inch) to 2.10 ( 0,0826), available in length of 1,50 and 2 metres: see the chart

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2 - Rectified plain nylon

The introduction of nylon made it possible to develop strings that can replace gut on certain instruments (romantic lutes, baroque guitars, vihuelas…).

Caracteristics:

Lengths, diameters and references:

Strings in all diameters are available in length of 1 metre and 2 metres.
For diameters in hundredths of millimetres and in inches.
See the chart

Their characteristics are as optimal on authentic old instruments as on contemporary instruments. While developing them, the respective characteristics and requirements of each type of instruments were taken into account.

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3 - Wound nylon

These strings benefit from improvements that make it possible to appreciably increase their lifespan. They can be mixed and harmonize perfectly well with rectified plain nylon strings, rectified gut and Alliance KF strings.

Because of the great variety of instruments and of the musicians’ requirements, we offer three types of wound nylon strings:

Silver plated wound nylon strings (Ref. NFA)

They have a bright and clear sound, a great sustain.
They are especially recommended for the musicians who seek the best sound projection in the respect of the original sound.

Length : 1 m. and 2 m.
PUL (Linear Density) 70 to 560 – See the chart.

Copper wound nylon strings (Ref. NFC)

They offer a round warm tone, close to the sound of the silver plated wound gut strings (Ref. BFA).

Length : 1 m. and 2 m.
PUL (Linear Density) 70 to 620 – See the chart.

Plastic wound nylon strings (Ref. NFP)

These strings were especially developed to optimize the balance (volume and tone) between the last plain strings and the first metal wound strings.

As they sound like gut strings while their gauge is thinner, they can be used in the lower positions in the place of plain gut strings.

Their design offers very interesting advantages for use on theorbs.

Length: 1 m.
PUL (Linear Density) 55 to 410 – See the chart.

Diameters/PUL (Linear Density)

Rather than to mention the diameter, we specify the linear density (PUL) of each string in order to determine the choice of the string according to the desired tension. Depending on their composition two strings can have a similar linear density (PUL) but not necessarily the same diameter, but they will sound with the same tension; and the other way around two strings that have the same diameter can have a different linear density (PUL) and will not sound with the same tension.

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4 - Rectified plain gut strings - oiled or varnished

The rectified plain gut strings are at the origin of the company that has two centuries and half experience in this field..

They embody the combination of traditional processes and modern technologies, which guarantees their qualities.

Polishing

The methods of polishing improved as technical progress allowed.
Formerly polished manually, the strings were then polished to a precision of 0,05 mm by using grinding machines.
Today gut is rectified on “centerless” machines with a precision of more or less 0,005 mm.

Charactertisics obtained thanks to the polishing process:


OILED or VARNISHED, the strings are available in two types:

We recommand:

Both types are available in length of 1.20 metre up to diameter 1.50 mm (0,0590 inches) included and 1.50 metre up to diameter 2.25°mm (0,0886 inches).

See the recapitulative chart of diameters, lengths and references.

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5 - Wound gut

The wound gut strings are more especially intended for bowed instruments but also used on lutes, vihuelas… They are the natural complement to and match perfectly with plain gut strings to give a perfect balance and sound homogeneity
Like the plain gut strings they offer indisputable sound qualities and perfect intonation. They come in a large choice of diameters.

As the winding techniques have been improved, the string life has been increased.

Savarez has developed 2 series of wound gut strings:

- Copper Wound Gut

(Ref. BFC- Ref. BFA- For references and PUL (linear density) see the chart)

Copper was one of the first metals used.
Copper gives a traditional sound with a clear enriched tone.

- Silver plated Wound Gut

(Ref. BFA- Ref. BFA- For references and PUL (linear density) see the chart)

These wound strings are composed of a thicker gut core wrapped with a smaller proportion of metal , thus giving a warmer round sound.

As we use traditional techniques of production there is no interface (no silk layer wound on the gut core) except for 4 strings referred under codes BFA484 - BFA854 - BFA934 - BFA 1474.
These strings were especially designed for bass viols (of approximately 69cm vibrating length) and baroque cellos, because they enhance the balance between the plain gut strings and the wound gut strings.

Length = 1.20 metre.

Diameters/PUL (Linear Density)

Rather than to mention the diameter, we specify the linear density (PUL) of each string in order to determine the choice of the string according to the desired tension. Depending on their composition two strings can have a similar linear density (PUL) but not necessarily the same diameter, but they will sound with the same tension; and the other way around two strings that have the same diameter can have a different linear density (PUL) and will not sound with the same tension.

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6 - String calculation software

a) A software developed by SAVAREZ

A software specifically developed by SAVAREZ allows the research and selection of the best string, that is the best diameter or the best suitable tension for a given instrument depending upon several factors:

The software, called SAVAREZ SELECTOR, helps solve a certain number of problems concerning the strings such as:

It is available on CD-Rom and is operating under Windows 95-98 starting from Excel 7.0, 97 or 2000. Contact us!

b) We can calculate the tension of a string if you provide the following information in the form linked below:

c) We can seek the diameter to be chosen for an Alliance KF string, a gut or nylon string, if you provide the following information in the form linked below:

- Fill in the form -

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