This is a single length, (22"), single twist Lyon style sheep gut 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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Honest to goodness gut strings that let your violin and your hands determine the sound, rather than being stuck in the brassy constraints of synthetic strings. They have not changed in years, and they never need to. I like to treat mine with a little walnut oil every now and then to keep them going a little longer than their natural lifespan.
The plain D is difficult to play on at first, but within a couple of weeks of figuring out the bow technique, the sound will be very unique and rewarding. Very loud string! Much more powerful than wound gut, in fact it matches the volume of the best synthetic strings. The string is very thick so the varnished option is not necessary in my opinion, especially if you prefer the unvarnished sound. I give it 4 stars because they tend to go false quite quickly, so the resonance can be a little offputting if you have sensitive ears.
I would like to address people who are perhaps considering unwound gut strings for the first time. In my experience, it is the unwound D string that is the most dramatic departure from both synthetic and metal strings. It took me a while to figure out the right combination of bow speed and pressure, but when I did I was rewarded with the best sound I have ever gotten out of my violin. I employ bow speed as my primary means of dynamic modulation; with this bowing technique, the light gauge gut strings have a greater dynamic response than anything else I have ever tried.