|Table of Treble Viol Gauges|
This is a double-length (152cm, 60") sheep gut string available with either a natural or varnish finish. This gut string is available only in the natural color which varies from white to a pale straw hue.
Plain gut strings are available with 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, unknotted ends. Knots may be tied for you, and leather washers added for an additional charge.
The Academie treble viol d-1 and a-2 strings are supplied in what we refer to as a "double-length." As it sounds, this is long enough to get two usable lengths from it. This string will come in either one length of 60" (152cm) or two lengths of 30" (76cm) long. The 60" length will need to be cut in two for installation. This is enough length to tie a knot in the end and still have plenty of excess string to wrap around the peg. Depending on your instrument's string length, the position of the hole in the peg, and how many revolutions you like to have around the peg, you might need to cut the string even a little shorter. However, be careful not to cut it too short, as it might slip on the peg.
If you select the knot option, the string will come with knots tied on each end. You can cut the string in the middle and install as is your practice. Instructions on how to tie a string knot are on the back of each package.
Sheep gut is the classical material that has for centuries been used to make music strings throughout Europe and the Americas. The tone has a golden, warm and rich sonority that is preferred by discerning players. Sheep gut strings have slightly different properties than beef gut. In broad terms, it has a warmer tone. One of our clients with a poetic flair describes sheep gut as having a “golden” tone and beef gut having a “silver” tone. The sheep gut has fibers and collagen that bond very well, making a tight structure with a lovely transparency. The texture supports the plucking or bowing very well, and the sound carries well in a room. If you feel you need a tone with more warmth and clarity than you are getting now, then sheep gut might be a good choice.
Academie strings are manufactured in the USA by Gamut Music, a leader in the revival of early music strings and instruments. Gut strings are not intended to be used with fine tuners or string adjusters and those devices should be removed before installing the gut string on the instrument.