|Tricolore Steel e-1||-||.26mm||-|
This is a classic set of Tricolore strings as used by Jascha Heifetz.
- It is made up of:
- Tricolore Steel Violin e-1 with Loop End
- Tricolore plain gut a-2 with knot and washer
- Tricolore plain gut d-3 with knot and washer
- Tricolore violin G-4 gut/silver
The set is available in Light, Medium and Heavy gauges for the a-2, d-3 and G-4 strings, but the Tricolore Steel Violin e-1 string is Medium gauged for all sets.
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After a major crack repair to my 1950's modern Italian violin, its acoustics had ended up being significantly altered, to the point where every brand of strings I tried was too bright (and I tried about 10 different sets of strings). I finally found Tricolore, which are the only strings that aren't too bright. The sound is gorgeous, even when muted. The only drawback is that the gut strings are a bit harder to initially tune and keep in tune, and they feel a bit less refined to the touch (I got the varnished version). I've ordered a wrapped A and D string to compare them. Overall, though, I love these strings, and they're really the only strings that work on my instrument.
I play old-time style and started with this set. The plain D was beautiful but required too much concentration for me to play cleanly (I don't have any formal violin training). Swapped it out for the med. silver/aluminum wound D. That was nice, but overall the bass seemed a little weak. For my instrument the Goldilocks combo was a heavy G, heavy silver D (a bit brighter than the one with silver in it), and a med. plain A. See my review of the G string for more details.
Overall, I think the Tricolores are incredible for OT fiddle: beautiful, stable, and surprisingly easy to play, with a wound D, anyway.
I only play with plain gut D&E and the Tricolore medium set elivers the best tone, projection, action and bowing friction.
The best strings I've used.