Strings for Viola d'Amore

Information on available strings for Viola d'Amore is scant. I provide below a table of the available strings I have found thus far. Please let me know of any additions and corrections.
I considered gut strings a treacherous affair, with even less information available. The following sites have some data:

Dimitry Badiarov's site
Damian Dlugolecki's site


Playing Strings
Price US$
Thomastik-Infeld Dominant These are fairly widely used strings. They are with a synthetic perlon core and wound with silver. These strings can be obtained from major vendors such as I have had some issues with a' and f# ripping out at the ball almost immediately after I put them on. Additionally the A string disentangled near the peg a couple of times. Thomastik generously replaced those strings. The sound is quite viola like, a bit piercing-sharp patricularly on the upper three stings.

Set 80
7-15 each

Thomastik-Infeld Superflexible Also fairly widely available strings with a rope core. They are supposed to be a bit more durable, but also have a higher tension at the same pitch, hence will produce more strain on the instrument. I tried those as an alternative to the Dominant a' and f'# that ripped at the ball. The problem is, that the strings of the same pitch are of very different thickness, hence, can not be mixed and matched, because clearance for the bow is reduced to zero. The sound is also more piercing.

Set 67
7-13 each

Pirastro Gut Strings

A through a silver wound with loop, f# through d" unvarnished gut without knot. Only sold as sets not individuals strings. Available at southweststrings. com and
The upper gut strings start to fray after 2-3 hours of playing, which seems rather quick. Tension is very inequal between upper and lower strings and ff-playing on the lower strings may cause them to touch one another. Gauges are interchangeable with Dominant.

Set 77
Damian Dlugolecki Gut Strings
Oregon, USA
Available directly from Damian Dlugolecki. Viola d'Amore strings are available, though not (yet) listed on the web-site. Various constructions and gauges are available: (un)varnished gut, roped gut, demi filee, silver wound gut, copper core silver plated gut.
He has excellent information on gut strings on his web-site, responds quickly to e-mail, and is most helpful on the phone.

Set ~ 200
7-55 each.

Northern Renaissance Instruments (NRI) gut strings
Directly available from NRI as gut, roped gut, open wound and close-wound with silver-plated copper. Two qualities.

Set 180-240
12-46 each

Aquila Corde, Italy, gut strings Directly available from Gut, gut wound with silver-plated copper or silver.
Has good background information in string making, history, use of gut strings.
13-43 each
Aquila USA, Oregon Directly available from Various (un)varnished gut strings, silver wound gut strings, to be ordered by gauge. Check Aquila Corde Italy site for appropriate gauges. 13-43 each
La Bella, New York Directly available at Stings available as gut, varnished gut, silver-plated copper wound gut, and various wound meta strings. You will need to know what gauge you need for each application. variable.
Sympathetic strings
Thomastik-Infeld Superflexible These are fairly widely used strings and can be obtained from major vendors such as Lower strings are copper wound, upper strings are steel. Set 21
2-4 each
Damian Dlugolecki
Oregon, USA
Available directly from Damian Dlugolecki.  
Northern Renaissance Instruments (NRI), UK. Directly available from NRI as iron, brass or steel strings. Either individually or as 5 m coils.

Sets 24-40
coil sets 14-47
4-13 each
7-13 each coil

Sheet music sources for Viola d'Amore

Store Composers represented
Dante Publications: Editions by Dan Thomason, Co-President of the Viola d'Amore Society of America. Early, classical and modern pieces available. USA. Milandre, Teleman, Albrechtsberger, Arcidiacono, Stamitz, Krumloffski, Neruda, Biber, Martinides, Rust, Haydn, Anonymous, Lane, Schuchbauer Borghi, Wolf-Ferrari, Graupner, Voigtlander, Owens, Tonson, Mauri
Saul B. Groen. Specialized in early music with special section on Viola d'amore! The Netherlands. Albrechtsberger, Ariosti, Benda, Biber, Böhm, Gassmann, Graupner, Heinichen, Hoffmeister, Locatelli, Milandre, Quanz, Teleman Toëschi, Vivaldi
Johan Tufvessons: Free sheet music available on the web, including some Viola d'amore pieces Ariosti, Grobe, Pezel
Editio Alto: with section for Viola d'amore. Note that the company does not accept orders from individuals, and only seems to distribute in Europe. Germany. Ariosti, anonymous, Eybler, Gassmann, Graupner, Hoffmann, Hofmeister, Martinides, Milandre, Neruda, Vanhal, Wiszniewski.
Universal Editions. Martin
Sheet Music Plus. Vivaldi, Teleman, Bach, Shirley Paul, Benda, Paul Xaver, Hindemith, Graupner, Boisdeffre, Ariosti, Rameau, Loeffler, Boehmer, Hornbach, Wolf-Ferrari, Kirchner, Locatelli
Nicholas Neale: e-mail Voigtlander Collection, Velisek, various duets, Huberti Collection.
Sheet Music Service Vivladi, Telemann, Hindemith, Kirchner, Bach, Benda, Toeschi, Martin, Schenck, Schubert, Marais,
Musigramma (Italy) Ariosti, Borris, Ferrari, Hindemith, Hofmann, Maderna, Michelazzi, Seiber, Shirley, Solbiati, Toma, Vivaldi,