|Table of Tricolore Violin Gauges|
This is a single length (22") violin string with a sheep gut core and aluminum wire winding. The gut core has been carefully seasoned and then wound with aluminum wire in the tradition of the Perfection Musical String Co. There is a leather washer at the knotted end to help keep the string secure in the tailpiece.
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.
Notably, the Tricolore strings used by violinist virtuosos and many players interested in reproducing this historical tone consisted of:
- e-1 - Goldbrokat - 0.26mm (Medium) gauge
- a-2 - Treble Gut - 0.78mm (Medium) gauge
- D-3 - Lyon Gut - 1.06mm (Medium) gauge
- G-4 - Gut/Sterling Silver - 0.80mm (Medium) gauge
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, 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.
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Gamut Strings are a longtime favorite of mine. They are the best I have found anywhere and I have traveled a lot over the years. Dan Larson is a gifted maker and deserves our utmost support. The ordering/shipping process is easy and my strings always arrive in a timely fashion.
If you tried the plain gut d like Heifetz used but couldn't play it well like me, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed. It's rich and powerful, more than you usually get from a gut d string.
I love the heavy wound D. It is stable and great sound all the way up the neck.
Very much enjoying this d-string. Has a nice warm, mellow tone but still projects well. Though it’s been stretching and requires tuning every time I pick up the violin (I’ve had it on my violin for about 4 days), once tuned it stays in tune fairly well and becomes more stable every day.
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. My violin is very picky about D strings, and this is the only one that has ever sounded good and blended nicely with the other strings.
The Tricolore Violin D-3 medium string is a pleasure to hear and play. It is dependable and consistent in mass throughout its length (consistent harmonics). In the past I have got very good usage from the Tricolore series, and I feel they are “kind” to my fiddle (in string tension).
This is my second set or tricolore strings from Gamut. The first set I got was the Heifetz set up with the plain gut D. This time I decided to go with the wound D. It has a very sweet and warm sound. Eudoxa has been my go to D for years but this will probably replace it. This string plays much easier in higher positions than the Eudoxa. You dont get the crushed string feeling with it. The Tricolore also is very responsive to bow pressure, which I like. It has a much wider range of color to work with. I cross tune alot, and even though Ive only had it on for a week it seems to be able to take it without too much re-tuning. Depending on its life span I will start using this as my go to D string.