Hardanger Fiddle Strings
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The strings we offer are the well-known Fanitullen brand from Norway. Upper strings are available in 10.5, 11, and 11.5 weights. Understrings are available in 22, 24, 26, 28, and 30 weights.
Please check that you are using the most recent Merchandise Order Form dated Sept 2022 at the bottom of the form.
Loop end steel A strings have been added to our stock. Our newest order form allows you to circle your preference for the loop or ball end A when you order. (All other strings in inventory are loop end.)
What string weight should I order? For the upper strings, most Hardanger fiddles sound best with size 10.5 or 11. If you try 10.5 and feel that the sound is a little weak or shaky, then move up to 11. If you keep your fiddle tuned low (in B-flat or A), then you may want to try 11.5. We do not recommend using 11.5 strings for most normally-tuned fiddles (B or higher). For the understrings, most Hardanger fiddles sound best with a range of understrings, most commonly 26, 26, 28, 28, 30 from high to low. (These numbers refer to the diameter of the steel strings in hundredths of a mm.) If you prefer weaker resonance, use smaller strings.
Gut or steel A? A matter of personal preference. Gut A strings can have a sweeter, more mellow sound, but are more affected by humidity and can require more tuning. Steel A strings can have a stronger sound, but are much less affected by humidity and tend to hold their tuning better.
Loose-wound or close-would D? Also a matter of personal preference. If one type has an unsatisfactory feel or tone, try the other type to see if it works better for you.
String - Member Price - (Non-Member Price)
"E" kvint (chromesteel) - $3.75 - ($4.30)
"A" kvart (steel) - $10.30 - ($11.80)
"A" kvart (gut) - $10.00 - ($11.45)
"D" ters (loose-wound silver on gut core) - $12.30 - ($14.10)
"D" ters (close-wound aluminum on gut core) - $25.30 - ($28.25)
"G" bass (silver on gut core) - $31.00 - ($33.80)
To order, download and print the order form. Please indicate the weight of the strings you are ordering and send your check or money order by postal mail to the address on the order form. To join the HFAA and order items at the lowest possible prices, visit our membership page! If you have further questions, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.