|Table of Tricolore Violin Gauges|
This is a single length (22") violin string with a sheep gut core and tandem winding of sterling silver and aluminum wires. The gut core has been carefully seasoned and then wound with silver wire in the tradition of the Perfection Musical String Company. Silver winding was not part of the original Perfection specifications, and is a development by Daniel Larson at Gamut Music. 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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especially these D strings are outstanding!!!
Very nice, I switched from the plain gut D because it was a little thick for my liking. This string is very powerful and blends nicely on my violin with the wound G string,
This string made my violin come to life. I was already using the Tricolore plain gut A and the Tricolore gut/silver G and switching to the Tricolore D from another brand gave me the overall sound I had been seeking. It brought out tones in the G that had never been there before. I added a platinum E string and that seemed to round out the set nicely. Gamut's customer service is also great. Note: this string has black winding, not as pictured.
After a lifetime of trying strings for my precious Guadagnini, Gobetti, and Rogeri, each for different segment of the repertoire ranging from early Baroque to music written in the 20th century, I have never encountered a more reliable and beautiful sounding string than the products from Gamut. Thank you very much for your attentive service.
My violin did not perform well with a plane gut string I tried this string in it's place and it works great on my violin with the silver G, plane gut A and the good brat E