The image shows a way of attaching the strap to the peg box, with a adaptable black cotton string (provided), which is traced through a small loop at the top side of the strap.
The short strap is attached at the bottom of the instrument to the button.
The loop on the strap is made of semi flexible material, which fits different sizes of buttons.
If the button is very small (as displayed on the image above), a small rubber band (provided) is used to tighten the loop and prevent it from sliding off.
Some, usually larger instruments are constructed in a way, that a second button, or a wooden loop is installed at the back of the neck or the peg box.
The strap is attached to the instrument with the black cotton string (provided).
There are two basic systems of strap, and some additional solutions:
see the images below
-peg box to button, both attachments fixed.
Most often used on smaller instruments, such as baroque guitar, vihuela, romantic, medieval guitar, lutes and similar.
TAIL + SHORT STRAP
- TAIL is an additional item, which is attached to the button, and passed under the thigh, to sit on. Strap is made to fullfil the requirement of the individual musician and the instrument.
LONG STRAP FOR A LOOSE LOOP
- fixed attachment to the peg box , and through a loose loop attached to a button, down to sit on.
Often used on various lutes, theorbos or archilutes.
Please, contact without hesitation to get full information.
This is how I name the strap, that is used plainly, from the peg box (or peg box button) to the button on the bottom of the instrument.
It is composed of three elements:
- the central -fabric / decorative pattern on one side and lining on the back side,
- a 1-2cm loop on each end,
- a 80-100 cm cotton black string, passed through the top end loop, to tie the strap at the peg box area.
The tail is attached to the instrument with a leather button-hole, and passed under the thigh, to sit on. The button loop of the short strap is usually placed on top of the tail, to fix both attachments on the same point.
On the top end of the long strap, a black cotton string (provided) is used to tie around the peg box (see the peg box attachment image), or a to hook or button provided for the attachment in the case of a larger instrument.
On the bottom end of the instrument, the strap is passed through a loose loop (made by a string, ribbon or LOOP ADAPTOR), which is attached to the button, and then passed down to sit on directly.
The length of the strap can be adjusted every time.
The LONG STRAP is only attached on the top. The rest is fully adjustable, since each musician finds the suitable solution for the loose loop, which is attached to the button. With this kind of the strap is good to be on a longer side, since it is fully adjustable.
The SHORT STRAP - these measurements need to be more speciffic, and this is what I would recomend as the best way to know the required length:
- simulate the length with a simple piece of thin rope or a ribbon, using the exact attachment points of the instrument.
- Find the optimal, most confortable and efficient position of the instrument.
- Finally, measure the full length from one attachment to the other (counting the space of you inside).
When choosing the length of your strap, the optimal length is some 5-10 cm shorter than the total length, of the improvised rope. This is to avoid the fabric touching the pegs, and gives some distance for the adjustment.
Each ARION strap is usually named with a code, indicating its basic information: length, width and price/€, so please consult these numbers when choosing the right strap for your instrument.
The central- fabric part of the SHORT strap is NOT adjustable, therefore the chosen strap can be shorter, and adjusted with the black cotton strings, but by no means longer than the total length measured.
Several other musical instruments use straps. Among them are bassoons, drums, nyckelharpas, hurdy-gurdys, and for sure there are many more.
Each instrument has its own speciffics.
It is most important, that one is clear about the attachement points. By discussing further information about the instrument, the optimal placement of the musician and the weight of the instrument, the strap can be created to best accomodate the speciffic needs, choosing the most appropriate materials, size and attachment systems.