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Gut E string for full size 5 string cello

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Does anybody have experience with a Gut E string for a full size cello? From what I seem to understand the traditional 5 string cello is a cello piccolo, which is anywhere from a 1/2 size to 3/4 size cello. As such the gut E strings available for cello are at a vibrating length of 64-67 cm. However, a full size cello vibrating length is 69 cm. I've asked around with regards to fitting a gut E string onto a full size cello and most people I have talked to have concerns about the strings snapping. So I wonder if anybody makes a gut E to handle a 69 cm vibrating length.  

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8 hours ago, twcellist said:

Does anybody have experience with a Gut E string for a full size cello? From what I seem to understand the traditional 5 string cello is a cello piccolo, which is anywhere from a 1/2 size to 3/4 size cello. As such the gut E strings available for cello are at a vibrating length of 64-67 cm. However, a full size cello vibrating length is 69 cm. I've asked around with regards to fitting a gut E string onto a full size cello and most people I have talked to have concerns about the strings snapping. So I wonder if anybody makes a gut E to handle a 69 cm vibrating length.  

As recommended in the other thread, contact a string maker.  They'll get you what you need.  (I was going to recommend you contact Damien Dlugolecki, but his website says he's semi-retired.)

So,

https://aquilacorde.com/en/

http://torostrings.it/english/index.html

or call up Gabriela Guadalajara and see what she recommends.

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On 11/19/2019 at 7:55 AM, Tom Fid said:

I second that recommendation - they were quick to respond when I needed weird strings for my cornerless Chanot.

Thanks. I did contact Damien actually and he said his E string would "probably not" work on a full size cello. So yeah... it looks like if I want to go full size they'll have to be custom strings.

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