Phosphor Bronze Wire

Phosphor Bronze is used in a variety of traditional instruments such as the sitar, surbahar, santoor, and cimbalom.

Individual Looped Strings (2 per package)

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Alloy: 510 - Grade A spring temper phosphor bronze wire (95% copper, 5% tin, nominally); meets industrial specification ASTM B 159
 
Chemical Composition:
Sn (tin) 4.6-4.9%, P (phosphor) 1.6-2%, traces (<.01%) of Fe(iron), Pb (lead) and Zn (zinc)
balance is Cu (copper)
 
Tensile Strength:
145,000 PSI minimum .025" diameter or less
135,000 PSI minimum (9490 kg/sq cm) over .025" diameter
 
Diameters: .008" (.20mm), 009" (0.23mm), .010" (0.25mm), .011" (0.28mm), .0125" (0.32mm), .014" (0.35mm), .016" (0.40mm), .018" (0.45mm), .020" (0.51mm), .0225" (.057mm), .025" (0.63mm), .0285" (0,71mm), .032" (0.80mm), .036" (0.90mm), .040" (1.0mm), .045" (1.12mm), .048" (1.20mm), .051" (1.27mm), .057" (1.42mm). These diameters are rounded to the nearest thousandths from the diameters of the B&S gauge system.
 
Quality available:
Industrial Quality - from China, Mexico and the US; meets industrial specifications; diameters .016" and up
Premium Quality - custom drawn in the US to more stringent specifications as to ductility and tensile strength as demanded by the use in musical instruments; diameters .008" - .0285", .048", .051"
Custom Drawn - custom drawn wire to customer specification of diameter and tensile strength; minimum order 10-15 lbs. ($500 and up, depending on specs). Allow about 6 weeks.

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Sold in Packages of 2.
(*) Approximate length of eylet plus helix.
You may specify other lengths, and length of loop plus helix.
Get a quote for larger diameters

Size mm inch Pair Strings Length Loop (*)  Price
00 .20 .008 #16304-08 4'/1.2m .5" $14.00
0 .23 .009 #16304-09 5'/1.5m .7" $14.00
1 .25 .010 #16304-10 5'/1.5m .8" $14.00
2 .28 .011 #16304-11 6'/1.8m .9" $14.00
3.5 .32 .0125 #16304-12.5 6'/1.8m 1" $14.00
5 .35 .014 #16304-14 7'/2.1m 1.1" $14.00
6 .40 .016 #16304-16 7'/2.1m 1.2" $15.00
7 .45 .018 #16304-18 8'/2.4m 1.3" $15.00
8 .51 .020 #16304-20 8'/2.4m 1.4" $15.00
9.5 .57 .0225 #16304-22.5 8'/2.4m 1.5" $15.00
10.5 .63 .025 #16304-25 8'/2.4m 1.6" $15.00
11.5 .71 .0285 #16304-28.5 9'/2.7m 1.7" $16.00
13.5 .80 .032 #16304-32 9'/2.7m 1.8" $16.00
15.5 .90 .036 #16304-36 9'/2.7m 2" $16.00

Coils - Supplied in coils of 3.75" to 4" diameters for wire up to .036" in diameter. Coils are 6" diameter for heavier wire.

Phosphor Bronze Wire, PREMIUM Grade, for musical instruments
Small and Large Coils

Coils have 3-7/8" diameter, except the last two items

Size mm inch Small Coil Length Price Large Coil Length Price
00 .20 .008 #16303-08 33'/10m $6.50 #16301-08 133'/40m $12.50
0 .23 .009 #16303-09 33'/10m $6.50 #16301-09 133'/40m $12.50
1 .25 .010 #16303-10 33'/10m $6.50 #16301-10 133'/40m $12.50
2 .28 .011 #16303-11 33'/10m $6.50 #16301-11 133'/40m $12.50
3.5 .32 .0125 #16303-12.5 33'/10m $6.50 #16301-12.5 133'/40m $12.50
5 .35 .014 #16303-14 33'/10m $6.50 #16301-14 100'/30m $12.50
6 .40 .016 #16303-16 33'/10m $7.00 #16301-16 100'/30m $13.00
7 .45 .018 #16303-18 25'/7.5m $7.00 #16301-18 83'/25m $13.00
8 .51 .020 #16303-20 25'/7.5m $7.00 #16301-20 83'/25m $13.00
9.5 .57 .0225 #16303-22.5 20'/6m $7.00 #16301-22.5 67'/20m $13.00
10.5 .63 .025 #16303-25 20'/6m $7.00 #16301-25 50'/15m $13.00
11.5 .71 .025 #16303-28.5 13'/4m $7.50 #16301-28.5 33'/10m $14.00
                 
Size mm inch Large Coil Length Price XLarge Coil Length Price
21.5 1.2 .048 #16301-48 12'/3.6m $13.00 #16302-48 33'/10m $24.00
23 1.27 .051 #16301-51 12'/3.6m $13.00 #16302-51 33'/10m $24.00

Phosphor Bronze Wire, Industrial Quality - large diameters
Large and Extra Large Coils

Coils have 4" diameter.

Size mm inch Large Coil Length Price   XLarge Coil Length Price
17.5 1.00 .040 #1631-40 10'/3m $8.50   #1632-40 33'/10m $16.00
20 1.12 .045 #1631-45 10'/3m $9.50   #1632-45 33'/10m $18.00
21.5 1.20 .048 #1631-48  10'/3m $11.00   #1632-48  33'/10m $20.00
23 1.27 .051 #1631-51 10'/3m $11.00   #1632-51 33'/10m $20.00
24.5 1.42 .057 #1631-57 10'/3m $11.00   #1632-57 33'/10m $20.00

Phosphor Bronze Wire, Industrial Quality - small diameters
Large and  Extra Large Coils

Coils have a diameter of 5" to 6"

Size mm inch   Small Coil Length Price     Large Coil Length Price  
6 .40 .016   #1633-16 33'/10m $7.00     #1631-16 100'/30m $13.00  
7 .45 .018   #1633-18 25'/7.5m $7.00     #1631-18 83'/25m $13.00  
8 .51 .020   #1633-20 25'/7.5m $7.00     #1631-20 83'/25m $13.00  
9.5 .57 .0225   #1633-22.5 20'/6m $7.00     #1631-22.5 67'/20m $13.00  
10.5 .63 .025   #1633-25 20'/6m $7.00     #1631-25 50'/15m $13.00  
11.5 .71 .028.5   #1633-28.5 35'/4m $7.50     #1631-28.5 33'/10m $14.00  
13.5 .80 .032   #1633-32 13'/4m $7.50     #1631-32 33'/10m $14.00  
15.5 .90 .036   #1633-36 13'/4m $7.50     #1631-36 33'/10m $14.00