|Damian Dlugolecki enjoys an
international reputation as a designer and craftsman of the highest
quality gut strings for renaissance, baroque, classical and modern
performance. His innovative designs are based on historical practices and
methods and are sought after by many prominent artists. Included in his
don't view strings as an accessory. A bowed instrument is in essence, an
amplifier of strings. And the material with which the string is made
determines more than any other factor, the color and timbre of the sound.
The vibration of the string produces the sound and this sound is enhanced
and amplified by the instrument.
What I'm committed to is a quality of sound, and a belief that these instruments, having been designed for gut strings initially, sound best when they adhere to this tradition to some extent. The notion of progress here is an illusion. There is no progress without some consequent sacrifice of value. This is as true in the string art as it is in many areas of life."
-- "Modern Gut Strings" an interview with Damian Dlugolecki, STRINGS magazine, August 1991.
The varnish process we use is particularly beneficial for the high tension strings, which are generally the higher pitched strings of an instrument. In addition to being under the most tension, they are played more than the others. Essentially, the normal wear caused by moisture from the left hand is slowed somewhat by the varnish coating. The response of a varnished chanterelle suffers almost not at all, compared with the thicker strings where the response can be slightly impeded by the varnish.
The wound strings continue to be made with traditional materials; gut, silk and various wires. Many of the patterns are inspired by careful study of old strings in my collection. These older string styles have been largely abandoned in favor of patterns dictated by the synthetic materials in use today. Though I look backwards in time for inspiration, the strings made in this shop benefit from tightly controlled machine driven processes where consistency of quality is assured.
|STRING PRICE LISTS|
|Violin family||Special Instruments||Violas da Gamba|
|Violin||Pardessus Viol||Treble Viol|
|Viola||Viola Pomposa||Tenor Viol|
|Cello||Piccolo cello||Bass Viol|
|Double Bass||Basse de violon||Violone|
|Piccolo Violin||Lute||Fret Gut|
|INDEX OF ARTICLES|