Many years ago we made the Contra Bass Pistoy E-4 string and it was part of our bass set offerings. This string was not well received by players at the time, but we have received numerous requests to put this string back in the catalog and, at this point, we feel that there is more awareness of how plain-gut strings work and that musicians have a more informed expectation as to how these strings work. Therefore, we are pleased to bring the Pistoy E-4 back and we are confident that those players who appreciate the qualities of gut will find it a valuable addition to their tone.
This is a single length, (80"), Pistoy gut string available with either a natural or varnish finish. Natural strings are hand- rubbed with a light oil. Varnished strings have three coats of finish before being hand polished with the oil. There is an additional charge for varnished strings. The string comes with plain ends. Washers can be added to the end of the string for an additional charge. These washers hold the string in the tailpiece.
The Pistoy string is a unique development of Daniel Larson at Gamut Strings. It is named for the town in Italy which was famous for producing the best string for basses, being "flexible, smooth, and well twisted". Our reproduction is made of three strands of gut twisted in one direction and then the three combined together by twisting in the other direction in rope fashion. When dry, the string is polished down to the specific gauge required by the instrument. The results are a very flexible string with a quick response and a full, round sound. This is not a polished catline as some think. At first glance this might look like such a thing. However, the Pistoy is fundamentally a different kind of string. It shares one trait with the catline in that the string is made with two directions of twist. This is where the similarity ends. The Pistoy has no space in the structure like the catline does and therefore has the same density as any plain gut string. The Pistoy is expensive to make because it takes a lot of time to sort the gut into small bundles to twist and retwist. The gain is in the flexibility. Even in thick strings the string remains supple and responsive. The string is characterized by a noticeable twist and flexible feel.
Contra bass are warranted for a period of six months from the date of shipping.
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Unfortunately this E-4 Heavy Pistoy string is way too "mushy" for 42.125" mensure. A Heavy+ I believe would not work either. (maybe on a Full size 44" mensure?) This is a quality string, but too soft for any plain E. If it was a Lyon E-4 up around 5.1 mm, that certainly would be awesome, and would have higher tortion, but as far as I know, Gamut is not making them. (nor is anyone) I have not spoke to Dan personally about this, and would certainly be a high price point I'm sure.