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Feb 17, 2021 - 3:22:28 AM
1297 posts since 10/11/2012

I am trying to get hold of some nylon strings that are good for Minstrel tunings...

I have always used Nylgut 7B Minstrel strings in the past for tunings such as: dADF#A or dGDGA

But I am not finding them in England any more. Have they been DISCONTINUED?

I have tried Ebay, Amazon and the usual suspects but they all state that they are out of stock.

I don't want to order from USA, it's expensive, it takes a long time and hopefully there is an easier solution...

What other strings are suitable?

Any ideas?

Feb 17, 2021 - 3:54:22 AM

2641 posts since 11/25/2003

They aren't discontinued. Sounds like someone at amazon/uk needs to contact amazon/us and help you out.

Feb 17, 2021 - 4:09:24 AM

186 posts since 4/8/2019

The strings are manufactured in Italy and it would not be surprising if their production has been interrupted under the current circumstances. You can contact the company directly through their website. aquilacorde.com/en/

Feb 17, 2021 - 4:12:56 AM

1735 posts since 6/2/2010

I bought some recently from Bob Smakula.

Feb 17, 2021 - 5:33:38 AM

2559 posts since 4/7/2010

Lyndon Smith

I do have them in stock. Of course the delivery time and postage cost adds to the whole process, but I have them.

Bob Smakula

Feb 17, 2021 - 5:49:18 AM

1297 posts since 10/11/2012

I have contacted Aquila as suggested above but even more looking has still resulted in nothing. It's something to do with BREXIT and the new level of bureaucracy for import/export things...

Probably it is best for me to source some other strings that work.

Any ideas?

Feb 17, 2021 - 6:05:26 AM

1297 posts since 10/11/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

Lyndon Smith

I do have them in stock. Of course the delivery time and postage cost adds to the whole process, but I have them.

Bob Smakula


Thanks Bob.

I need them very soon so I'll pass for the moment but It's good to know I have a fallback position...

Feb 17, 2021 - 6:23:44 AM

186 posts since 4/8/2019

It's understandable that you're hesitant to order from the US, and unfortunate that Brexit has been allowed to undo decades of a reasonable trade arrangement. But if Bob Smakula has exactly what you want, I would certainly recommend ordering from him rather than squandering precious hours or days searching for an alternative. We transact business with the UK on a regular basis and, while there are occasional snags, it doesn't take much longer than regular domestic post.

If you would like to explore alternatives available in the UK, contact NRI, who very well may be able to help. nrinstruments.uwclub.net/Guide.html

Feb 17, 2021 - 6:46:50 AM

1297 posts since 10/11/2012

quote:
Originally posted by EulalieBlue

It's understandable that you're hesitant to order from the US, and unfortunate that Brexit has been allowed to undo decades of a reasonable trade arrangement. But if Bob Smakula has exactly what you want, I would certainly recommend ordering from him rather than squandering precious hours or days searching for an alternative. We transact business with the UK on a regular basis and, while there are occasional snags, it doesn't take much longer than regular domestic post.

If you would like to explore alternatives available in the UK, contact NRI, who very well may be able to help. nrinstruments.uwclub.net/Guide.html


Thanks, I have bought banjo stuff off Bob Smakula many times, and will do in the future but I may have sorted myself out.

I have bought some D'Addario single strings with diameters in the right 'ball park'. I'll give them a go first.

I was never entirely happy with a wound 4th and now I have a classical guitar hard tension string to try.

I will let BHO know if my choices are successful or otherwise...

Feb 17, 2021 - 6:56:26 AM
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blazo

USA

280 posts since 5/16/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Lyndon Smith

Any ideas?


La Bella Rectified Nylon in gauges 31, 34, 40 & 35 (or 36) wound.

Feb 17, 2021 - 7:19:25 AM
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238 posts since 5/25/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Lyndon Smith

I have contacted Aquila as suggested above but even more looking has still resulted in nothing. It's something to do with BREXIT and the new level of bureaucracy for import/export things...

Probably it is best for me to source some other strings that work.

Any ideas?


Hi Lyndon. I bought some from Picata nylon strings from Strings Direct recently. They had to replace the 4th string in the set - it was meant to be wound but was actually just a duplicate of the second string, but they replaced that for free with a D'addario classical guitar silk and steel. Picata manufacture in the UK, so no issues with supply, and I'm finding them a decent alternative to nylgut and LaBella. Its possible I might even prefer them - I've not decided yet. There certainly isn't a massive difference.

Feb 17, 2021 - 8:27:03 AM

1219 posts since 8/10/2010

They're not Disco just very backordered. I have some on order for myself at the music store i work at. Like everything else musical backordered is a term we are hearing more and more everyday lately... not just the minstral strings but all of their uke and classical string we keep in stock are also very backed up.

Feb 19, 2021 - 12:39:25 AM

Davidprat

Spain

1095 posts since 8/10/2005

for low tuning I use classical guitar strings easy to find and works well

Feb 23, 2021 - 6:26:07 AM

1297 posts since 10/11/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Davidprat

for low tuning I use classical guitar strings easy to find and works well


I have just got a set-up that I like in terms of sound and string tension.

It handles both dADF#A (like Open G) tuning and dGDGA (like Double C) minstrel tunings. The fourth being tight enough for G.

They are all D'Addario classical guitar strings, nylon except for a silver wound 4th.

  1. Pro-Arte J4501 E-1st Normal Tension Clear Nylon
  2. Pro-Arte J4502 B-2nd Normal Tension Clear Nylon
  3. Classic J2703 G-3rd Normal Tension Nyl Treble
  4. J4305 A-5th Light Tension, Silverplated Wound
  5. Same as 1st string.

I have found that although D'Addario don't stretch as quiclkly as Nylgut strings, they do stretch for longer. Even after three days, they still slackened off a bit and needed retuning.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the set-up. It would still be nice to find a non-wound 4th that is up to the job.

Feb 23, 2021 - 8:13:32 AM

Bart Veerman

Canada

4893 posts since 1/5/2005
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Nylgut set do change specs from time to time, different materials and/or gauges...

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