This is a single length, (22"), sheep gut treble string knotted at one end with a leather washer. It is available with a natural or varnish finish. Natural strings are hand-rubbed with a light oil and varnished strings have three coats of finish before being hand polished with the oil. There is an additional charge for varnished strings.
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My favorite string. The quality of sound with Tricolore strings is unbeatable!
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 version of the A string was unavailable for quite a while, so I decided to give the unwound a try. The unwound A strings I've tried in the past were always a bit brighter than the wound version, and stood out a little bit too much, especially in relation to the D string. To my surprise, this string blends perfectly. It is only slightly different from the wound string in terms of sound and response. I'll probably go with the unwound A during the winter months, and then switch to the wound one during the humid summer season to get a little more stability. Both strings are equally excellent in tone and playability. I use the heavy gauge, and get a wonderful thick, organic tone on my Guarneri-style violin.
After much experimentation, this A string will most likely be forever on my violin. I was surprised to be able to play a plain gut string with such success. It does take a bit of initial getting used to, to make the string and bow wed nicely together. It seems to like a darker rosin in my climate. The sound is sweet and clear, and allows playing open A with a pleasant sound. I find it settles as fast as a string with a wound gut core. The price is nice, too.
Awesome string. As an old time fiddle player I need a string with power and clear sound. This string delivers. Yes it does take longer than a steel or synthetic string to settle. Also, while it is settling you tend to get alot of squeaks but that goes away after some play time.It plays nicely all the way up the neck. This is my 2nd plain gut A tricolor from gamut. This time it was varnished. I highly recommend spending the extra couple of cents for the varnished. In my experience it seems to help with stability going from one temp to another. If you wanted to experiment with plain gut I would highly recommend this string. The price is fantastic and the string is too.