|G-4 gut/ silver||.78mm||.80mm||.82mm|
This is a single length violin string with a gut core and sterling silver wire winding. 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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I love this string. It sounds as strong as high end synthetic strings, but with special softness and more colourful sound. Will surely buy it again
Just a shout-out for any old-time fiddlers who might find their way here: these strings are incredible, not hard to play, and more stable than some synthetics for alternate tunings. Yes, for dances, I bring a second fiddle for cross-tuning, but in any other situation they settle in soon enough after retuning.
I tried the mediums first and found them a little quiet, for my instrument, at least. The heavies did the trick--louder, more responsive, and yet not overly stiff.
I've become convinced that many of the great fiddlers in early recordings were playing on gut strings, and for some we know that definitely. Uncle Bob Walters, for example, used Wondertone guts, with wound G and D, plain A, and steel E, (this is according to his protege, Dwight Lamb). I tried modern Wondertones and couldn't do a thing with them--they're probably poorer quality than the old ones. But the Tricolores I find to be pretty much effortless, as long as you're willing to take some time to get the feel, and work on keeping your bow the right distance from the bridge, not over the fingerboard! (Violinists, I'm sorry you had to hear that.)
Anyway, if you're interested in getting that haunting old sound, give these a try. I find them mesmerizing, like the sound is coming up out of the earth. :)
I would not recommend this string to the lazy musician. It takes a little time to understand and get to know the sound, and to really engage with its full potential. Once you've wined and dined it enough, it really sings, and is incredible.
Just Superb and agree with reviews about it's power and deepness. No Violinist should live without it:-)... oh I also noticed that it's rejuvenates some instruments...how cool
I love all TriColor Gut Strings! I love playing them and the sound they produce is just Breathtaking! Gut A is warm and soulful, of course, when you take some time to stretch and settle it. Yes, it takes careful handling to start, but it is totally worth it! Like a one of a kind antique luxury car, once you warm it up it runs smooth and joyfully. Thank you.
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. What can I say about this G string? It is totally awesome. I use the heavy gauge, and get a wonderful thick sound with lots of power from my Guarneri-style violin. You can dig in as much as you want, and it never bottoms out. It's also very long-lasting.
The Tricolore Violin G-4 string is a pleasure to hear and play. It is dependable and consistent in mass throughout its length (consistent harmonics). On my instrument, the G-4 medium gives a full sound, so I think the mass is really well chosen. 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).
I use the light gauge G. I put a ball in the loop and use it with a fine tuner in my Les Bois D'Harmonie tailpiece. In terms of sound and response, this is without question the best G string I have ever used.
The first time I purchased a Tricolore G from Gamut I was not every impressed. It felt loose and rubbery under my fingers and was very hard to produce a tone. This time however I purchased the heavy gauge. The difference was dramatic. The string settles very quickly and has an amazing response time for a gut G. As with the D it is easy to play up the neck and has wonderful projection. This string blends very well with the other strings and is a joy to play.