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Clifford Essex provide a set with a .023 wound 4th string, I bought a few sets last year, the gauges are :- !st .020, 2nd .022, 3rd .028, 4th .023, 5th .020. I made an inadvertent error in my post about old string gauges yesterday when I stated that that the Cammeyer gut 3rd was .06, I plead senile confusion, the actual gauge is of course course, .026. Further work on original packaged and unused Windsor wire banjo 1st strings with the micrometer, revealed that they are also .007.
Rob MacKillop said:
Richard, none of the zither-banjo strings CE have on sale at the moment have a .023 4th string... http://cliffordessex.net/index.php?_a=viewCat&catId=33
I stand partially corrected, they have a (non zither) banjo set as follows:
Ultra Light Gauge
1st - .020" Ground Nylon Tie-On.
2nd - .024" Ground Nylon Tie-On.
3rd - .028" Ground Nylon Tie-On.
4th - .024" Nickel Wound On Nylon Tie-On.
5th - .020" Ground Nylon Tie-On.
So, .024 is the thinnest they offer, as far as I can see. Pretty close, as good as.
Labella sells silver plated copper or plain copper wound over nylon floss as small as .017" all the way up to .080" (up to .045" in copper wound).
They are early lute singles on their website.
I make my own regular classic sets with those and their nylon singles.
for regular banjo (not zither), .017, .019, .023, 24 wound, .017. These are based on the string sizes from a early 5 Stringer, as were used by FVE, Paul Cadwell, Bill Bowen, etc. They generally represent historical gut sizes.