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Tricolore Viola String Set

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Table of Tricolore Viola Gauges
  Light Medium Heavy
a-1 .76mm .78mm .80mm
d-2 1.04mm 1.06mm 1.08mm
G-3 Gut/Silver .84mm .86mm .88mm
C-4 Gut/Silver 1.08mm 1.10mm 1.12mm


This is a classic set of Tricolore viola sheep gut strings just like the ones available to musicians during the mid-20th century. The set is available in Light, Medium, and Heavy gauges. The Tricolore Viola set is made up of:

  • Tricolore sheep gut a-1 with loop and washer
  • Tricolore sheep gut d-2 with loop and washer
  • Tricolore silver-wound sheep gut G-3 with loop and washer
  • Tricolore silver-wound sheep gut C-4 with loop and washer

Sheep 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.

Violas come in different sizes, sometimes requiring different lengths of strings. Length is not an issue for the plain gut strings, but can be an issue for wound strings. It is important that the string has a wire on the gut from bridge to nut, and if the wire winding on the string is too short, the thread stocking will be over the nut and fingerboard. This will result in bad tone and intonation and should be avoided. The Tricolore viola wound strings have a length of 48cm from the end knot to the end of the wire / beginning of the stocking. If you measure your instrument from tailpiece to nut and find more than 48cm, please let us know and we can make longer strings for you.

The Tricolore brand, used by many famous violin soloists, was one of the most well known violin strings made in the 20th century. Now, after many decades of being unavailable, we are pleased to offer these strings again. This string was developed by Ray Neiner at the Perfection Musical String Co. Brunswick, IN, just south of Chicago. The machines we use at Gamut Music to make the strings were purchased from the Perfection company, and in addition to the machines, we also received the formulations that Perfection used to make their strings, including the Tricolore brand. We have in our archives a copy of the Perfection workshop book that specifies the gauge of gut used for the cores, the size of the wires, length of the strings, and colors of the thread used for the stockings at the top and bottom of the strings. In addition to this practical information, we also received instruction for the special curing treatment that the gut cores went through before being wound and the specific techniques used in winding the wire onto the gut core. These strings are accurate replications of the ones that filled American concert halls with sound in the 20th century.

One addition we have made to the original string design is the inclusion of a leather washer at the knot of each string. Modern tailpieces are made with wider string slots than those of the early 20th century and the gut knot is no longer big enough to hold the string in place. The leather keeps the string from pulling through the tailpiece.

Tricolore strings are manufactured in the USA by Gamut Music, Inc., 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.

More information about Gamut gut strings, string types, gauges, and string tensions can be found on our articles page. Not finding an answer to your question? Please contact us directly:

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3 Reviews

  • Posted by Jennifer Kalika on May 19th 2022


    Tricolore String Set

    These strings have a lovely, warm tone.

  • Posted by Erwan Richard on Nov 26th 2020


    Set Tricolore Viola Strings

    a wonderfull set of strings, with a clear and resonnant sound, very equal and easy to manage!

  • Posted by James Marshall on Sep 4th 2017


    Great String Set!

    This is a great set for getting a warm sound, without sacrificing power or projection. The A and D strings are so long that I had to cut some length off of the ends. The first G string I received with this set broke due to its shorter length (on my very large viola), but the replacement string sent to me works just fine. All of the strings, especially the lower strings, take a while to break in, but this is to be expected for any gut strings. Great product, will be ordering again!