|a-2 gut/ aluminum||.68mm||.70mm||.72mm|
This is a single length violin string with a gut core and aluminum wire winding. There is a leather washer at the knot to help keep the string secure in the tailpiece. The core for this string has been carefully seasoned and treated in the tradition of the Perfection Musical String workshop who first developed the Tricolore string in the early 20th century. It is knotted at the end with a leather washer.
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This is the first time Ive tried the Gamut wound A. It sounds great even when I tune it down to G for fiddle tunes!
I have one problem. The aluminum winding is already damaged behind the nut (after one week and I did'nt tune higher than 440). I have made a picture of the damage.
I started using Tricolore a few years ago, after having used Pirastro Passione for a while, as well as having tried other gut strings (including some from Gamut). I was wary of using an all-gut string based on my experience with other gut strings, for several reasons, but these strings are superb. All the tone you would want, plus really good stability, easy playability all the way up the neck, and a singing tone that is wonderful. The wound A Tricolore string was unavailable for quite a while, and I fortunately had a few stockpiled to get me through. The singing quality is so wonderful, much better than the Passione, which had been the best combination of tone and stability I had found until I discovered Tricolore. I'm glad these are back in stock. I use the heavy gauge version, and get a wonderful thick sound from it, a perfect match for my Guarneri-style violin.