|Gauges:||Light - =2.66mm||Light+ - =2.70mm||Medium - =2.74mm||Medium+ - =2.80mm||Heavy - =2.84mm||Heavy+ - =2.88mm|
This is a single length, (47"), Gimped gut V'Cello G-3 string with the Pistoy twist, for extra flexibility. It is intended for those players who wish to play renaissance and early baroque performance practice and want the true gut tone.
Equal tension is a concept that was used on violins historically. The idea is that each string has the same amount of tension, resulting in equal tension on all strings. The customary way to tension violin strings is to decrease the tension from the e-1 string, which has the most tension to the G-4 string in decreasing amounts on each string. From the 16th to 19th centuries there are writers who mention or recommend equal tension and this seems to have been one aesthetic that some players used. Merssene, in the early 1600s mentioned that violin strings should have equal tension, but that in practice most players used less tension on the lower strings. It may be that the idea of equal was an intellectual concept of perfection and that, in practice, players found that lowering the tension on the thicker, bottom strings was just more practical. Regardless of the extent of the historical use, many modern players find that this system of string allows a quicker and louder response from the instrument. The extra tension on the lower strings allows the bow to play more on top of the strings resulting quicker bowing.
Gimped strings were first mentioned in an advertisement in the 1664 addition of John Playford's "Introduction to the Skill of Music". The exact historical nature of these strings is not known, and the strings we produce are based on the descriptions of gimped lace of the period.
The addition of wire into the gut gives extra density to the string so it can be thinner than a plain gut string of the same weight. The gimped string, being thinner and having some metal content, offers a brighter tone and quicker response than a plain gut string of the same gauge density.
Two types of Gimped strings are made: Copper Gimps and Silver Gimps. Silver wire, being heavier than copper, allows Silver Gimped string to be a little thinner than the Copper Gimped string. This might be an advantage on shorter string lengths where you would want a thinner string for better tonal response.
The large diameter of the string may necessitate adjustment of the tailpiece to allow the string a large enough hole to pass through.
It comes with a natural, hand-rubbed finish but it can be varnished for an additional charge.
The ends of the string are plain, but the ends can be knotted for an additional charge.