This is a standard length, (120cm, 48"), treble gut string made with beef serosa, 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. This gut is in the natural color, or colored red for harp C strings and black for harp F strings.
Beef serosa has a higher tensile strength than does sheep gut, so this string is useful for instruments that require extra durability. If your instrument has a longer string length which puts beyond the comfortable range for gut strings, the beef gut would be a good choice for string material as it will stand the strain a little better.
Beef gut is processed to be a little harder than the other kinds of gut and also has a lower twist of about 15 degrees to increase the strength and is an ideal string for:
- Violin: e-1 and a-2
- Viola: a-1
- Bass viol: d-1
- Tenor viol: g-1
- Treble viol: d-1
- Lute: g-1, d-2, a-3, and octaves on bass courses
- Harp: treble strings
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The dye is fast. I've tried dyeing my own strings, it's hard to get it truly fast, and these strings are completely fast. Not as black as it could be, but black enough for me.