|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 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.