This is a standard length, (120cm, 48"), single twist Lyon style string made with beef serosa. It is 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. For harp strings, this gauge is also available in two colors, red for "C" strings and black for "F" strings.
Named after the town in France which was famous for a particular type of flexible gut string. From the 16th Century these strings were recommended as being some of the best strings for basses. Our reproduction of this string is made from gut specially processed in our shop to be soft and responsive. The gut is twisted in one direction to about 45 degrees for the optimum combination of durability and flexibility. The Lyon string is not as flexible as the Pistoy string. Both Lyon and Pistoy can be used for the same string positions. The Lyon should be preferred when a little extra stiffness is required under the bow or finger. This type of string is characterized by a tight and visible twist. The color tends toward opaque light to medium yellow.
This type of string is an ideal use for:
- Violin: d-3 and G-4
- Viola: d-2, and G-3
- Cello: a-1, D-2
- Contra bass: G-1 and D-2
- Bass viol: e-3, C-4, G-5, and D-6
- Tenor viol: f- 4, C-5, G-6
- Treble viol: c-4, g-5, d-6
- Lute: f-4, C-5, G-6, octaves on bass courses
- Harp: midrange and bass strings