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25 November 2011

PRESS-RELEASE : Mad Music Decease

for immediate release
The Hague, 25 November 2011
Contact: Dmitry Badiarov +31 6 1125 7695


Aquila Corde Armoniche Srl - one of the major producers of gut-strings closed the production on the 14th of November.

The Strad - the major magazine covering news related to the violin announced the news on their website on the 15th.

News quickly spread over the social networks and lead to the wave of panic calls from musicians worldwide trying to buy out whatever remaining stocks of gut strings available for sale. Hardly surprising - no strings, no music.

The cessation of production by Aquila was caused by the EU legislation restricting and effectively banning the use of raw gut materials on the territory of the EU due to BSE fears.

Aquila Corde tried to persuade the EU law-makers to review the law since 2006 and exempt the string-makers from the ban: if sausages have not been outlawed why should musical strings - which are not food - suffer? To this day  EU ministries remained deaf.

Aquila is not the first to stop the production of gut strings. Sofracob, the French company which

20 November 2011

Two petitions to the EU government urging to save the Early Music

Baroque Violin string with Aquila Strings, including the
copper powder loaded string for the music of the 17th century
rediscovered and brought to perfection by Aquila Corde. 

Two on-line petitions are published and are collecting signatures.

Follow the links, sign the petitions and share them with all your contacts now.

19 November 2011

Severe Early Music Crisis caused by the EU laws

We are going through a severe Early Music crisis caused by the EU laws and the major producer of gut strings stopping production on the 15th of November.

The third day of panic phone calls from musicians : I regret to inform all gut-string players that our stock of Aquila gut strings is over. We have been trying to get gut strings from